Dylan Levitt and James Garner continue to win rave reviews on loan
Manchester United’s midfield could be lacking numbers next season, with Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic set to leave on free transfers.
Dylan Levitt and James Garner are both currently stating their cases out on loan, and showing why they should each be considered by incoming manager Erik ten Hag.
Both players have had successful loan deals this season, with Levitt at Dundee United, and Garner at Nottingham Forest.
Levitt kicking on
Levitt has helped Dundee United into fourth place, hoping to earn a European spot. He has now scored two goals in his last two games, and has struck all four of his goals for the club in the last 10 matches.
The Welsh international has also been WhoScored.com‘s man of the match in three of his last 10 games.
Dundee United’s website praised his ‘brilliant’ contribution for his goal in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Motherwell.
“Levitt stepped forward to give the Terrors the advantage as the match headed for the interval. A ball into the feet of Meekison allowed him to pull off a brilliant first-time flick to unlock the ‘Well defence, taking two defenders out of the game to find Levitt in a tight pocket of space.
“The Welshman drove across the box and played a sharp one-two with Watt, proceeding to send a deflected effort spinning over Kelly from the penalty spot, his second goal against the Lanarkshire outfit in as many games.“
Levitt made more touches than any player on the pitch (88), created one chance, and completed 88 per cent of his passes.
It came a week after Levitt scored this impressive goal in a 3-2 defeat to Hearts.
The 21-year-old’s contract is set to run out this summer although United do have an option to extend his deal by a further 12 months.
He said: “With the new manager [ten Hag] going in at United, hopefully I’ll get a chance. My contract is up in the summer and it hasn’t been spoken about. Hopefully, I will hear something in the next few weeks.
“I still keep in touch with boys at United frequently and they are excited about the new manager. When you hear a new manager is coming in, it gives a buzz about the place. I’d love to be able to go back and make an impact; it’s everyone’s dream to do that.”
Since making those comments, Levitt has scored two goals in two games, so he is certainly doing everything he possibly can to catch the manager’s eye. And he isn’t the only one.
Garner is flying
Levitt’s United academy teammate James Garner has had even more attention thanks to his outstanding form on loan for Nottingham Forest.
Garner put in another sensational performance at the weekend as Forest beat Swansea City 5-1, providing two assists in the win.
The Manchester United loanee’s performance was graded 9.5/10 by WhoScored – thanks to a dazzling creative performance.
Garner created eight chances in one game, while completing 95 per cent of his passes. He also had one shot on target as he looked to try and get on the scoresheet himself.
He was given a 9/10 rating by the Nottingham Post, who wrote: “Showed his class, particularly after the break. So comfortable on the ball, and a couple of excellent assists.”
The 21-year-old midfielder now has four goals and eight assists this season, with four of those assists coming in his last six games.
Forest are in third place, three points off an automatic promotion spot with two games to go, one of which is away against second placed Bournemouth this week.