Nottingham Forest midfielder James Garner wants to be part of Manchester United’s first team when he returns to the club in the summer.
Garner has been one of the success stories of the United youngsters loaned to clubs in lower divisions with his performance against Liverpool in the FA Cup over the weekend attracting praise from Roy Keane.
“He is very good technically and he likes to dictate the play. Tough game for him today, but this game is good for those young players to experience playing against these top players like Liverpool, it is a great way to learn,” Keane is quoted by the Mirror.
There have been discussions about the player’s ability to fit into the United’s first team and The Athletic’s Daniel Taylor claims that Garner himself thinks he can.
“An overhaul of United’s midfield is needed and, ideally, Garner would like to be part of it, The Athletic understands that is very much his ambition.
“Regular Garner-watchers can see a fine all-round player blossoming but also recognize how difficult it is for any player to break into the side at a club of United’s stature and stay there.
“For now, however, it is all hypothetical other than to say a player of his age and potential, capped at every level from under-17s to under-21s, is making a similar kind of contribution for Forest that Mason Mount once did for Derby, while on loan from Chelsea” Taylor writes.
United might lose both Paul Pogba and Juan Mata in the summer and should they not buy in that position then Garner could be promoted to the first team.