Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper has heaped praise on Manchester United midfielder James Garner for his recent form.

The Reds standout has really kicked on over the last couple of months after arriving from Old Trafford in the summer.

His rocket of a free-kick rebounded off the bar at the weekend. Scott McKenna’s alertness saw the ball headed back to Ryan Yates who salvaged Forest a point.

Garner’s overall play has been remarkable. On Saturday, he started at the expense of Yates who has largely been undroppable under Cooper.

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It’s the second time, Forest have taken the United man on loan. He scored four goals in 20 appearances for the Reds during the second half of the 2020/21 campaign.

Now, Cooper has lauded the efforts of Garner during the last couple of months during a busy period of games for the Reds.

He told Nottinghamshire Live: “Jimmy has been a really strong performer for us, probably since he came on against Reading.

“He has a really good impact in that game, nearly scored and set up a great chance. Since then he’s found another level.

“What’s important for him – and we’ve spoken about this – is that he doesn’t drop any standards and continues to improve.

“He’s in a good place is Jimmy.”

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What a player the United youngster is proving to be. He has come back to the club and since the turn of the year, he’s been absolutely brilliant.

Garner is growing as a player at Forest. He has struck up a decent partnership with Yates and has even showcased his ability in a more advanced role.

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The Reds will need to enjoy Garner whilst they can. He seems almost certain to get a chance at Manchester United next season and a return to Forest looks unlikely.

With the 20-year-old in this kind of form though, he’s the sort of player that can help Forest claim a place in the play-offs this season.

If the Reds can finish in the top-six, few would back against them with the likes of Garner in the truly outstanding form he’s shown of late.

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