Solskjaer explains why James Garner won’t start against AZ Alkmaar

Manchester United Football Club take on AZ Alkmaar tonight, in their second UEFA Europa League game. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping his side can take all three points – though don’t underestimate this excellent Dutch side…

Anyway, the United squad was confirmed by the club yesterday, we covered it here. To our pleasant surprise, the young midfielder James Garner was aboard the flight to the Netherlands.

After scoring six in six at U23s level, while taking on two assists for his teammates, there’s much hype around the talented teenager. However, Solskjaer met the media earlier today – and confirmed that Garner won’t actually start in the game later today…

“Of course Jimmy (Garner) has now really, really, taken steps as a box-to-box midfielder,” Solskjaer is quoted as saying by the ManUtd app, per the Manchester Evening News.

“I think he’s developing all the time. He played 90 minutes last night (against Lincoln on Tuesday) so I don’t think we’ll see him from the start anyway. Let’s see how we are tonight (in training). The young boys are getting there but they are not the ones we are expecting to run the games.”

The reasoning behind it does make sense. He did only play less than 48 hours ago, though the first-team squad only played a further 24 hours before that. Plus, it’s not as if he has been playing at the highest level, so I doubt he’s feeling unfit or exhausted.

Anyway, the fact that Solskjaer was full of praise for Garner does speak volumes about his overall plans for the 18-year-old going forward.


I suspect that it’s only a matter of time before Garner gets himself that big opportunity. Heck, it’s only fair, given Solskjaer has handed minutes to the rest of the talented youngsters at his disposal while midfield remains a real problem area for the 20-time Premier League champions.

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