Man United are close to tying James Garner down to a new contract.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad for the 2021/22 season is taking shape nicely. Here at Old Trafford Faithful, we thought James Garner would feature.
However, that doesn’t look to be the case, with the midfielder looking likely to head out on loan again. After recently rejecting United’s initial contract offer, Garner’s Reds future was thrown into doubt.
However, Football Insider provides some excellent news on that front, with the starlet now reaching an agreement on a new contract. Apparently, Garner’s new terms will run for four years following a breakthrough in talks.
The Birkenhead-born midfielder will sign terms that don’t expire until 2025, with Garner now set to head out on loan to gain further first-team experience.
It looks like Garner will be heading back to the Championship once again, with Nottingham Forest, Stoke City and Sheffield United amongst the interested parties. Don’t forget that it was at Forest where the midfielder really made a name for himself, contributing in a major way at the City Ground last term.
Personally, I would’ve hoped for Garner to be involved in United’s first-team this season. Failing that, a loan move to a lower-tier Premier League side.
The fact that he’s heading to the Championship tells us one of two things – either he’s not as good as we think he is, or club’s aren’t valuing him highly enough. Sadly, I feel as though it must be the former as there’s a reason why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems hesitant to get him involved.
It’s a shame because I’ve always thought Garner has looked sharp in pre-season with United, but maybe he just needs that extra twelve months of regular playing time in order to truly be in a position to challenge for a first-team spot here at Old Trafford.
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