James Garner and Dylan Levitt got an opportunity to renew their under-23 midfield partnership in Manchester United’s opening first team friendly of 2021/22.
Both players spent the past season out on loan and seemed to enjoy getting the chance to play together again.
It was a sensible decision from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to play the pair together, as opposed to mixing them in with senior stars.
Garner and Levitt know each other’s games well and they both complement the other well. This was clear in the 45 minutes they played at Pride Park.
The game was a chance for both Garner and Levitt to make an impression, catch the eye of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and clubs trying to sign him on loan. It went well for both of them.
United won the first half 1-0 with Tahith Chong on the scoresheet. This goal came after good work from Garner pressing forward.
It is always good to see young players thriving for United and both Garner, 20, and Levitt, 20, demonstrated in 45 minutes here that they are ready for first team football, whether that be for the Red Devils or not.
Garner has the strongest case after a good season on loan in the Championship last season and he can be a useful squad member in the first team if he stays. United just have to decide whether he will benefit more from playing more regularly if a top flight loan materialises.
Both players made a positive impression on watching supporters…
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