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Manchester United winger Alejandro Garnacho is grateful to manager Erik ten Hag after being given the opportunity to make his senior breakthrough.
The 18-year-old made a couple of first-team cameos under Ralf Rangnick last season but only really cemented his place as a genuine option for the senior side in the past few weeks.
Garnacho looked lively in pre-season and appeared set for a prominent role in the squad, but Ten Hag revealed after his full debut against Sheriff in October that he had held him back because he was “not happy with him” at the start of the season.
Ten Hag was relatively vague when explaining why Garnacho had been left out for so long, saying “[young players] have to know the demands in top football, it’s not only about a trick or scoring one goal”.
Nevertheless, Garnacho quickly built on his impressive performance against Sheriff, going on to score winning goals against Real Sociedad and Fulham, the latter a fine finish after an explosive run and clever link-up with Christian Eriksen.
He went into the World Cup break with eight first-team appearances under his belt for this season, and despite Ten Hag’s restrictive use of him earlier in the campaign, he was appreciative of the Dutchman’s man-management.

“Erik Ten Hag is a very good manager and, above all, he’s a great person,” Garnacho, who was named United’s Player of the Month for last week, told the club’s website.
“He always pays very close attention to us all, and helps us a great deal, especially the young players.
“I’ve had to keep working hard until that moment came where I was given my opportunity. For the moment, I’m making the most of the opportunities he’s giving me.
“I don’t want to take a backward step from here, I’d like to appear regularly in the team and keep going in the same way.”
That goal against Fulham made Garnacho, aged 18 years and 135 days at the time, the youngest player to net a 90th-minute Premier League winner since Federico Macheda for United against Aston Villa in April 2009.
United are next in action against Burnley in the EFL Cup fourth round on December 19, before hosting Nottingham Forest in the league eight days later.
Zach Wilson has been benched as the New York Jets starting quarterback in favour of Mike White.
Robert Saleh made the announcement on Wednesday ahead of his side’s Week 12 matchup against the Chicago Bears.
It comes following a dismal offensive performance for the Jets in their 10-3 loss to the New England Patriots, which dropped them to the bottom of the AFC East at 6-4 as they missed the chance to go top of the division.
The Jets averaged just 2.1 yards per play at New England and had only two yards of offense in the second half at Gillette Stadium.
After the game, Saleh had said that benching 2021 second overall pick Wilson was the furthest thing from his mind.
But he subsequently did not commit to starting Wilson against Chicago and has now elected to switch quarterbacks.
Joe Flacco started the first three games of the season when Wilson was out with a knee injury, but Saleh has instead gone with White this time around.
White developed something of a cult following last season when he inspired the Jets to a shock win over the Cincinnati Bengals in which he threw for 405 yards and three touchdowns.
Wilson was heavily criticised for comments in the media in the wake of the defeat to the Patriots as he swiftly rejected the notion he and the offense had let down a defense that only conceded three points. New England’s sole touchdown came on a last-gasp punt return.
For his career, Wilson has completed 55.6 per cent of his passes for 3,613 yards, 13 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.
According to Stats Perform data, Wilson’s well-thrown rate of 70.6 per cent is the worst in the NFL while his pickable pass rate of 6.47 per cent is only an improvement on that of Taylor Heinicke (7.35 per cent) and Jameis Winston (7.27 per cent) for quarterbacks with a minimum of 100 attempts.
This Thursday marks Thanksgiving in the United States.
That means several things. Food, family and lots and lots of football, with the traditional three games on the schedule for the holiday.
With the Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings all playing, there will be plenty of fantasy relevant players in action, meaning there’s no time to waste in terms of getting a winning line-up set.
Thanksgiving is, as the name makes obvious, a time to say what you’re grateful for, and Stats Perform hopes you will be appreciative of the fantasy help we’re here to provide with our picks of four offensive players and a defense for Week 12.
 
Quarterback: Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers @ Arizona Cardinals
The Chargers may not be feeling too grateful after having their heart broken again by Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
But they must be appreciative of getting to face the Cardinals’ defense in Week 12, especially with Herbert’s top receiver, Keenan Allen, back in the fold.
The Cardinals have allowed 118 pass plays of 10 yards or more, the fourth-most in the NFL. Coming off a game in which he averaged 9.3 yards per attempt, Herbert is well-positioned to get the Chargers’ playoff push back on track against opposition that should facilitate one of his best performances of the season.
Running Back: Jeff Wilson Jr, Miami Dolphins vs. Houston Texans
When Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel sits down to eat his turkey on Thursday, he may express thanks for the trade with his former employers, the San Francisco 49ers, that landed Wilson’s services for Miami.
Wilson has quickly established himself as the top runner in a Dolphins backfield that was not firing on all cylinders prior to his arrival.
He averaged seven yards per carry against the Cleveland Browns’ dreadful run defense last time out and now gets to face a Houston defense that has allowed 57 runs of at least 10 yards, which is 12 more than anyone else in the league.
Wide Receiver: Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions vs. Buffalo Bills
Detroit’s leading receiver may not be happy to go against the Buffalo defense in Week 12, but Jameson Williams’ debut is likely to bring a smile to his face.
Williams, Detroit’s second first-round pick in 2022, is practising after recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in his final college game, and will give the Lions a tremendous deep threat who can stretch the field and open underneath areas for St. Brown to exploit.
In a game where the chances of the Lions falling behind and being forced to throw the ball consistently are high, that is a recipe for St. Brown racking up completions and yardage in the Thanksgiving opener.
Tight End: T.J. Hockenson, Minnesota Vikings vs. New England Patriots
There is likely to be gratitude in Vikings circles that they get the chance to quickly wash the stink off from their blowout loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 11.
Having been shellacked by the Cowboy defense, the Minnesota offense will face a different challenge in the form of the Patriots, who consistently drop eight players into coverage.
New England will almost certainly look to take Justin Jefferson away with double teams, meaning quarterback Kirk Cousins will likely have to frequently look to Hockenson over the middle of the field.
Targeted 28 times in three games since his arrival in a trade with Detroit, Hockenson appears primed for massive fantasy performance in the Thanksgiving nightcap, especially in points per reception leagues.
Defense/Special Teams: San Francisco 49ers vs. New Orleans Saints
The Saints’ coaching staff may have a stressful Thanksgiving game planning for the 49ers, who appear to be rounding into form on both sides of the ball.
San Francisco’s defense has not allowed a second-half point in any of the Niners’ last three games and is giving up just 4.67 yards per play this season, the second-fewest in the NFL.
Facing a Saints offense that has committed the most giveaways (19) in the NFL, the San Francisco defense should dominate once more and deliver a crucial contribution for its fantasy owners.
Japan staged a sensational fightback to deal Germany a shock 2-1 defeat in their World Cup opener as Bundesliga players Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano came off the bench to stun the four-time winners.
Germany made headlines by covering their mouths in a pre-match protest against FIFA’s decision to ban Manuel Neuer from wearing the OneLove armband, and they looked set to make a positive start in Group E when Ilkay Gundogan converted a first-half penalty.
Hansi Flick’s side then squandered several golden opportunities to put the game to bed before Freiburg forward Doan made them pay from a rebound 15 minutes from time.
With Germany chasing a winner, there was to be one final twist as Asano raced onto a long ball before firing beyond Neuer, leaving Die Mannschaft under huge pressure ahead of Sunday’s meeting with Spain. 
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