Manchester United forward Alejandro Garnacho has been slammed by FC Copenhagen centre-back Denis Vavro following Wednesday night’s entertaining Champions League encounter.
The Slovakia international branded Garnacho a ‘clown’ after he was spotted trying to sabotage the penalty spot as Man United fell to a disappointing defeat.
The Danish champions came from behind twice to secure a 4-3 victory over the Red Devils in a game littered with controversy after Marcus Rashford was handed a red card.
Rasmus Hojlund, who has enjoyed a brilliant Champions League campaign despite his side’s woes, netted twice to hand Man United a comfortable lead before the half-hour mark.
However, Erik ten Hag’s side capitulated after Rashford’s controversial sending-off as Copenhagen scored twice in first-half stoppage time to enter the interval level on the score sheet.
Bruno Fernandes converted from the spot to hand Man United a lifeline, but the Danish side responded with two goals in four minutes to snatch a shocking victory.
Garnacho, who set up Hojlund’s second goal, was seen ‘shushing’ the home crowd while celebrating before subsequently attempting to sabotage the penalty spot before Diogo Goncalves’ penalty.
His antics did not go down well with Vavro, who launched a scathing post-match rant, slamming the Argentina international winger for his action.
“I saw that he tried to do something about the penalty kick, but Kevin Diks stood in front and blocked,” Vavro told Danish news outlet Bold.dk.
“It is the second time. And then on our track? To me, he is a clown. He has the mentality of a child when he tries something like this again in an away game.
“One thing is at home in the 97th minute, but here in the first half. I don’t understand him trying to do that.”
Garnacho had previously tampered with the penalty spot in the reverse fixture, which saw Andre Onana save a last-minute spot-kick that secured a narrow 1-0 win for Man United.
His antics failed to yield a similar result this time, and Man United’s defeat in the Danish capital leaves them on the brink of Champions League group stage exit, having picked up just three points from four games.
There is still a glimmer of hope for Ten Hag’s side, but they must win their final two Group A games against Galatasaray and Bayern Munich to stand a chance.
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