Erik ten Hag warned Alejandro Garnacho that his previous performances this season were “not good enough” after the Manchester United teenager scored in the English League Cup win against Crystal Palace.
United followed Saturday’s 1-0 success at Burnley in the Premier League by beating Palace 3-0 in the third round at Old Trafford.
Garnacho, 19, put United ahead with a clinical first-half strike before Casemiro and Anthony Martial completed the win.
”At the start of the season, we played him and his contribution was not good enough,” United boss Ten Hag said.
”He has to learn when he does his job in defending he will always have his moment and he will always be decisive because he has great qualities.
”It’s not only off the ball. I want to see him entering the box in the right spot to finish.
”Everyone likes him … but we also have to demand from him and push him so he can act on a very high level.”
Ten Hag was more impressed by Morocco international Sofyan Amrabat, who filled in at left-back on his first start for the club, before stepping into his preferred midfield role after half-time.
Amrabat joined United on loan from Italy’s Fiorentina on transfer deadline day and Ten Hag is delighted by his versatility.
”Every player has his best position but he gives a certain dynamic in the game,” Ten Hag said of Amrabat.
Ten Hag refused to comment on Jadon Sancho after a report in Germany said the winger’s poor form was due to playing Xbox.