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Garnacho blasted over dig at Barcelona star after Man Utd’s Europa win

Alejandro Garnacho took aim at Barcelona and Pedri after Manchester United’s 2-1 victory in the Europa League on Thursday.

The clash was nicely poised after a 2-2 draw in the first leg at Camp Nou last week and Bara took the lead in the return leg at Old Trafford through Lewandowski’s penalty.

But the Red Devils came out firing after the break as Fred’s superb finish pulled Erik ten Hag’s side level in the 47th minute.

United continued to dominate the second half and another good strike from Antony sealed a 2-1 win for Ten Hag’s side and dumped Barcelona out of the competition.

Garnacho, meanwhile, came on as a second-half substitute and caused Barcelona some problems.

But after the game, the 18-year-old angered Barca fans as he copied Pedri’s celebration and uploaded the picture to Instagram with the caption: ‘The big team advanced to the next round.’

Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo described Garnacho’s post as: ‘A gesture in very poor taste for an 18-year-old boy who hasn’t been in elite football for very long.’

Speaking after the win, Ten Hag revealed that introducing Garnacho and Antony in the game was part of United’s attempt to disrupt Barcelona.

‘That was one of the parts of the gameplan,’ Ten Hag said.

‘We know if we can bring Antony or Garnacho, you get in the wide areas speed, running behind and dribbles. You get belief.

‘They are so brave, both of them. They don’t fear anyone, especially at the Stretford End. They are just running behind and it gives a boost to the team.’

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