James Garner praised after 'superb' midfield performance on loan

At a time when a desire to improve Manchester United’s midfield is at the forefront of concern to many fans, James Garner’s performances on loan warrant more attenetion.

Garner has had an excellent month on loan at Nottingham Forest, and after an awful start to the season, the side have climbed to 8th in the Championship table, while also knocking Arsenal out of the FA Cup.

At the weekend Garner starred as Forest beat Wayne Rooney’s Derby County 2-1, in a closely fought match between the two East Midlands rivals.

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Garner has become a key part of Forest’s success and earned praise for his role in the team’s weekend win.

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Local newspaper Nottingham Post awarded his display a 9/10 player rating, and raved about his performance.

The report read: “A midfield masterclass from the Manchester United loanee. He was everywhere, tracking back when required and showing his full passing range. Absolutely superb.”

Garner won four tackles and made three interceptions, more combined than any player on the pitch managed.

He also created two chances and won three aerial duels in a strong all round display.

Making an impact

Garner is doing what Manchester United want from the club’s loanees. He has adapted to his new club, has got the fans onside, and has established himself as a regular first team player.

United are now at the stage where they should be asking ‘what’s next?’.

Is is simply enough for Garner to continue the season at Forest and try and help them win promotion, or should the club be more aggressive with their approach to fast-track him up a level?

This could involved finding him a Premier League club to star at over the second half of the season to see how he adapts to the top flight.

Or it could even involve bringing him directly into Manchester United’s first team squad to help out with the club’s limited midfield options.

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If United refuse to back Ralf Rangnick in the transfer market this month, then recalling Garner could be one way to provide a new option at no cost.

Rangnick has shown a willingness to work with young players and bring them through, and Garner could benefit from his coaching, if given the chance.

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