Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have given Nottingham Forest a boost in the quest to re-sign James Garner this summer.
The young midfielder spent the second half of last season on loan at the City Ground. He proved a revelation and found the net four times in 20 games for the club.
His form hasn’t gone unnoticed at Old Trafford. Given that several United stars took part in Euro 2020, Garner will get the chance to play in some of the club’s pre-season games.
On Saturday, the Red Devils take on Derby County at Pride Park. Garner could play in that game after scoring for Forest at the stadium in February’s derby-day clash.
Now, Solskjaer has made some comments which could offer Forest hope when it comes to landing Garner on loan again.
Speaking ahead of the club’s pre-season campaign getting underway, he told the club’s official website: “The young kids will definitely be part of the Derby game and then we’ve got another couple of games coming up.
“Pre-season is always a fresh start, a new start with new opportunities to look forward to the season.
“Gradually more and more from the Euros will join in. The youngsters will get a taste of some football. Then roundabouts early August, some will go on loan. We’ve already lined a few up and with some players, we will see where is the best place for them to go.”
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With Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Fred and Nemanja Matic all at United, Garner’s chances do look likely to be limited. The Red Devils also want Eduardo Camavinga and that would nudge him further down the pecking order.
Garner needs to play football. At Forest last season, he was a regular in the team and that must have delighted the coaching staff back at Old Trafford.
There will be other clubs interested, but United would surely love Garner to play over 40 games on loan and he’d do that at Forest.
Supporters would love the chance to see the youngster in action at the City Ground and these comments might just get the fan base a little bit excited.