Manchester United have decided to loan out James Garner because Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes are currently blocking his path to the first team, reports say. The youngster has been restricted to just six appearances across all competitions this season. And it seems he’ll be sent out on loan to aid his development.
Manchester United have high hopes for Garner, who has sparkled at youth level.
He has managed nine goals from 12 appearances for the U-23s this season, drawing comparisons with Michael Carrick along the way for his slick and composed style of play.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave Garner his debut last term, with the midfielder coming off the bench in a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace.
But he’s failed to get many minutes this season, making just six appearances across all competitions – and one in the Premier League.
And Goal say United will loan him out.
It’s claimed that, with Fernandes, Pogba and Scott McTominay ahead of him in the pecking order, the Red Devils feel it’s the right time for him to secure first-team football elsewhere.
LATEST LIVE SPORT TV DEALS
One player who will stay around, however, is defender Teden Mengi.
The defender has been training with the first-team ever since the restart, with Solskjaer hoping he can force his way into his plans.
And, speaking earlier in the season, Solskjaer expressed a belief that the 18-year-old will become a key player if he continues to work hard.
“Axel [Tuanzebe] and Phil [Jones] are injured, so that’s two centre-backs down for us,” said Solskjaer.
“Chris [Smalling] is on loan [at Roma] and [Marcos] Rojo is on loan [at Estudiantes], so then it was natural for me to put Teden in.
THINK YOU KNOW FOOTBALL? Football quiz questions and answers: 15 questions and answers for your home pub quiz
“One, for his own benefit, because to have a few months’ training with the first team now, in the summer, tests him, and, to be fair to the boy, he’s deserved it because he is an exciting talent, but he was desperate to come in.
“He keeps in touch with the coaches and he was always ready when we asked him: ‘Are you ready to come in, are you fit enough?’
“And he worked hard over the lockdown. He’s done really well, he doesn’t seem out of place, so he’ll definitely be more and more in and around the first team next season as well.”
Players who could leave United permanently this season include Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Alexis Sanchez, Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira.
Regarding incomings, Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish are their preferred transfer targets.
THINK YOU KNOW SPORT? Test your sporting knowledge with our tricky quiz
This article contains affiliate links, which means we may receive a commission on any sales of products or services we write about. This article was written completely independently, see more details here