Manchester United have confirmed the appointment of Erik ten Hag as their new manager today – but what does his arrival at Old Trafford mean for Nottingham Forest gem James Garner?
United have nabbed the Ajax boss ahead of next season and he will start work with the flailing Premier League outfit in the summer.
Naturally, Ten Hag was said to be delighted to be taking over the managerial position at such a huge club. He will replace Ralf Rangnick, with his appointment not really having the desired impact.
The Dutch manager has been a revelation in Amsterdam. He took over in 2017 and has won 155 games from the 210 he’s overseen in charge of the club.
His win ratio currently stands at 73% and United are getting themselves a manager who is held in very high regard.
Ten Hag has won two Eredivisie titles and two KNVB Cups during his time at the club, also helping Ajax reach the Champions League semi-finals in 2019.
What next for Garner; will the Forest man get a chance under Ten Hag at United?
The United youngster checked in at Forest for a second spell back in August. Chris Hughtonsecured a deal to sign the midfielder after he scored four times in 20 appearances for the club last season.
Under Steve Cooper, he’s really started to showcase his brilliance. The Welshman has helped Garner become a midfielder that United could genuinely call upon.
He’s highlighted that he’s a man for the big occasion. Forest reached the quarter-final of the FA Cup this season and Garner shone in wins over Arsenal and Leicester.
Garner has nine United appearances to his name already. As a result, it seems crystal clear that the football club values him very highly.
Now, the Red Devils might have actually appointed the perfect manager to get even more out of Garner.
Ten Hag is a master at unleashing potential in younger players. He shows a willingness to utilise youngsters at free will and that bodes well for Garner.
The player has enjoyed his time at Forest. Indeed, if his United chances do go south the player would likely welcome a City Ground return.
Appointing Ten Hag, however, gives Garner a brilliant chance of earning an opportunity at Old Trafford.