Nottingham Forest midfielder James Garner is keen to earn a proper chance at Manchester United during 2022/23, according to Manchester Evening News.
The Reds maestro has been a step above his teammates for the last two months. His performances have belied his tender years and he’s grown as a player under Steve Cooper.
On Sunday, he dominated a midfield that boasted the likes of Youri Tielemans and Wilfried Ndidi as Forest thrashed Leicester City 4-1.
United fans watched on with delight. It offered the Red Devils fan base a possible glimpse of the future, with the Old Trafford-based club rating him highly.
Forest signed Garner in August. It was the second time the Reds have landed the 20-year-old; following his four goals in 20 appearances for the club during 2020/21.
Paul Pogba is likely to leave United in the summer along with Nemanja Matic. Scott McTominay and Fred are still trying desperately to convince the club’s demanding supporters.
Plenty would rather Garner earned a chance. It would now seem that the player is desperate to get an Old Trafford opportunity under a new manager next season.
The academy graduate has made seven United appearances, with two of those coming in the Premier League. On current form at the City Ground, Garner could throw himself into United contention.
Quality: Garner will play at the top level after Forest spells
The youngster took some time to get up to speed during his second spell. Earlier in the campaign, plenty of supporters felt that Cooper might look to send Garner back to United during the January transfer window.
Instead, the Forest boss chose to work with the player. He has transformed his form into something special and the Reds are now reaping the rewards.
Few would begrudge Garner an opportunity at Manchester United. He views them as his club and he’s risen through the ranks to knock on the first-team door.
Forest do have plenty of midfielders in their squad. Someone like Braian Ojeda may be tasked with stepping up next year in the absence of Garner.
If United do decide he’s surplus to requirements at Old Trafford, however, the 20-year-old will always be welcome on Trentside.