Manchester United are set to hand a first-team chance to James Garner once he returns from another fruitful loan at Nottingham Forest, according to The Telegraph.

The 21-year-old has been fantastic once again for the Reds during 2021/22. That follows on from his performances in the Garibaldi during the second half of last season when he scored four goals in 20 appearances.

Garner has been a mainstay in the team since the turn of the year. He’s really started to showcase his undeniable class under the influence of head coach Steve Cooper.

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Now, he’s set for bigger and better things. Paul Pogba is out of contract at Old Trafford during the summer and a new midfielder or two certainly wouldn’t go amiss.

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Nemanja Matic is another player who could leave and fingers inside the club are pointing to Garner as a potential replacement.

The youngster has been on the books at Old Trafford for several years. He already has seven first-team appearances to his name, with two of them coming in the Premier League.

Garner has a splendid passing radar and this season he’s worked on his defensive side of the game. As a result, he’s perhaps showcasing that he can play the number six role that United desperately need to fill.

Forest must prepare for life after Garner

This news will likely stun Forest. Although Garner is highly-rated, the club may have fancied taking the midfielder either on a third loan; or permanently if the club had won promotion.

Those aspirations look to be dwindling now and it seems as though United are wanting Garner to bolster their own squad for next season.

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On current form, it’s no surprise. Garner has been in fine form for Forest and he didn’t look out of his depth against Arsenal, Leicester and Liverpool in the FA Cup.

The challenge for Cooper is to find a replacement. It looks set to be a busy summer for the Reds and a Garner alternative will be a must.

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