Erik ten Hag insists Manchester United are behind Alejandro Garnacho over his social media post that is being investigated by the FA.
Garnacho could be in trouble after he used gorilla emojis alongside a photo of United players celebrating with Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana following his crucial late penalty save in the win over FC Copenhagen on Tuesday night.
It was deleted after 15 minutes but the FA have approached United to ask the 19-year-old Argentina winger for his observations before deciding whether it constitutes an aggravating factor under their rule Rule E3(1).
Onana took to social media on Thursday night to back his teammate, writing: ‘People cannot choose what I should be offended by. I know exactly what @agarnacho7 meant: power and strength. This matter should go no further.’
And Ten Hag pointed to Onana’s message as proof that his players are backing the youngster. Asked ahead of the Manchester derby if there was any update on the matter, he said: ‘Not in this moment. We are talking with the FA, I can confirm that and I want to emphasise we are together, we are united. You saw that with the post from Andre.’
Alejandro Garnacho posted about team-mate Andre Onana and included two gorilla emojis
The FA could take action against Garnacho if he is deemed to have breached their rules
Erik ten Hag insisted Manchester United are behind the winger and highlighted Onana’s reply
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The FA could still take action, however, having banned Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva for one game and fined him £50,000 in 2019 for posting an image of a black cartoon character which they decided had referenced teammate Benjamin Mendy’s race.
United striker Edinson Cavani was also banned for three games and fined £100,000 the following year for referring to a friend in Uruguay as ‘negrito’.
Meanwhile, Ten Hag expects former Ajax and Inter Milan keeper Onana to build on his impressive performances against Copenhagen and Sheffield United following a difficult start to life in English football.
He added: ‘You give him the standards and also the expectations, but also it’s about getting to the same level. He has high expectations of himself. We give him the confidence, look what he did in the past for great clubs in great leagues. He has the ability and the skills. The last two games were good progress, now we have to keep this going. It’s very good, but at Manchester United good is not good enough.’