Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo has criticised Alejandro Garnacho’s behaviour after Manchester United’s Europa League win over the Catalan side and says he should be more ‘humble’.
The two sides played out a thrilling play-off round tie, with United winning 4-3 on aggregate after a pulsating display at Camp Nou followed by a stunning second-half performance at Old Trafford in which Fred and Antony netted the decisive goals.
Garnacho came on as a second-half substitute and was a constant menace down the left flank, though it was his actions after the game that really caused a stir.
After the full-time whistle, the Spanish-born Argentine made a ‘binoculars’ gesture with his hands which appeared to mock Pedri’s trademark celebration.
He later uploaded a picture of the gesture to Instagram alongside the caption, ‘The big team advanced to the next round’ – a remark that did not go down well in Spain.
Araujo has now hit out at Garnacho over his antics and suggested the 18-year-old still has a lot to learn.
Asked if he was upset by Garnacho’s behaviour, Araujo told South American outlet infobae: ‘Yes. Everyone expresses what they want, but it wasn’t the time to post that.
‘I respect everyone, and I think humility is important, but I prefer to respond on the field.
‘He’s still young, has a long way to go. I think you have to be humble.’
Araujo laughed off suggests he would remind Garnacho of his post if they ever meet again, before reflecting on the match: ‘We both arrived at a good time and it was a good tie.
‘We both competed to qualify but we didn’t manage it. We had to turn the page quickly and move on because we now have a big goal ahead which is to win La Liga and the Copa del Rey.’
Garnacho was recently called up to the Argentina national team but was forced to pull out of the squad after suffering a ligament injury against Southampton last week which required him to leave Old Trafford on crutches.
The teenager missed the second leg of United’s 5-1 aggregate win over Real Betis in the last 16 as a result, and his involvement in the quarter-final against Sevilla is also in doubt.
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