James Garner has told The Athletic that it was his decision to leave Manchester United and join Nottingham Forest on loan. The 20-year-old returned to the City Ground in the summer after spending the second half of last season at the club.
Boss Chris Hughton never made a secret of his desire to re-sign the United youngster. Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted to run the rule over the youngster during pre-season first, however.
Forest have now got their man, however. Garner played his first league game back with the Reds in the recent 1-1 draw with Derby County. Fans are relishing seeing him in action and he could become a big player once more.
Garner wasn’t short of interest. Rangers, Norwich, Swansea and Burnley were all linked with a move for the Red Devils midfielder. Ultimately, Forest got their man in the end.
The 20-year-old claims that seeing fans beg for him to come back on social media was nice. He has also claimed that it was a move that he was keen to make after feeling so wanted by the club.
Garner told The Athletic: “United gave me the decision, ultimately, when it came to where I moved to. It’s my development and my career. My decision was to come back here (to Forest). There was interest from other Championship clubs and abroad, I am not too sure about the Premier League. I’ve always felt I should do what’s best for my career.
“For me, that’s playing games. That is a big positive.”
Garner could be a game-changing signing for Forest
Fans were delighted when the Manchester United man checked back in at the City Ground. Now, Garner has the chance to really showcase his talent to the club’s fan base.
If Forest are to pull themselves away from the foot of the Championship, they’ll need players like Garner to do the business for the team.
The Manchester United gem is classy beyond belief and his passing radar proved a real joy last season. Now, fans will relish the chance to see him in action for themselves.
Forest need other players to pull their weight too but Garner was the one the club wanted and a team must now be built around him.