Nottingham Forest could be stunned in January by Manchester United regarding their loan of central midfielder James Garner.

The Mirror claims that the Red Devils have inserted a call-back option in the temporary deal, giving them the option to make a decision when the transfer window re-opens.

Garner joined the Reds back in August. He signed a new deal at Old Trafford to keep him at the club until 2024 and returned to the City Ground.

Last season he proved a revelation on Trentside. He scored four goals in 20 appearances for the Reds and produced a number of stunning performances.

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As a result, supporters were keen to see him back on Trentside for the 2021/22 campaign.

Since arriving back at Forest, Garner has started each game, although it’s fair to say he’s yet to get up to full speed.

Now, the Reds will need to be careful and they won’t want history to repeat itself. Last season Garner was recalled from a loan spell at Watford last January before being sent to the City Ground.

United are keen to ensure Garner gets the best loan possible. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer views him as a future United regular and first-team football is paramount.

Star man: Forest must stick with Garner

Although he’s not quite scaled the highs of last season yet, Forest simply have to persist with Garner in the team.

Steve Cooper wanted to sign the United youngster during his time at Swansea and surely he will remain a first-team regular.

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United will want Garner to be playing regular football. If Forest can showcase they are the best club for the player’s development then it’ll be an easy call for the Premier League giants.

Cooper must find the right formula. That includes finding a midfield partnership that can help Garner thrive once again.

If he can do that United will almost certainly let Garner see the season out at Forest.

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