James Garner may well be allowed to depart Man United on a permanent deal.
Midfield is absolutely Manchester United’s biggest problem area right now. The Scott McTominay and Fred combination just hasn’t been up to scratch, with the pair often blowing hot and (mostly) cold.
It’s why Erik ten Hag has made a serious effort to try and acquire Frenkie de Jong this summer. As we all know, that pursuit has been unsuccessful to this point.
One man who we’re big advocates of at Old Trafford Faithful is James Garner. I personally believe the Englishman could bring that bite, desire and drive to the midfield. However, he’s barely been given an opportunity.
Garner has remained rooted to the bench for the opening pair of Premier League matches, while his chance for minutes will not get any easier if a move for Adrien Rabiot does indeed happen.
Well, according to The Athletic, Ten Hag ‘has decided’ that the 21-year-old ‘should be allowed to leave’ permanently if the right offer comes in. Sources have told Laurie Whitwell that around £14m is what United value Garner at.
As it stands, United are ‘open to permanent offers’ for Garner, while ‘several’ Premier League clubs are interested in a move for the Birkenhead-born-midfielder.
Garner was absolutely outstanding at Nottingham Forest last season, while a minor pre-season injury limited his chances on tour. I assumed that this issue was why we hadn’t seen the Englishman. Now, it looks like Ten Hag just doesn’t fancy him as a player.
A United academy graduate who has been at the club since 2009, Garner may well believe that he should move on now for the good of his career. Sadly, it doesn’t look like he’s going to get the opportunities he deserves here in Manchester.
Nottingham Forest, who seem to be spending big money this summer, feels like a good destination – assuming they’d be keen on taking him back.
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