After catching the eye in pre-season, James Garner has begun the season superbly in United’s development squad.

Garner, 18, played two games last week and caught the eye in both.

His 60 yard diagonal pass in the under-21 EFL Trophy game against Rotherham set up Largie Ramazani for United’s second goal.

Then on Friday night Garner scored twice in a 5-0 win for the under-23s over West Brom.

After his first team goal against Perth Glory last month, Garner is bursting with confidence.

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Putting pressure on

It’s only a matter of time before Garner gets into United’s first team.

 

He made his debut as a late substitute against Crystal Palace last season, but that was it. More substantial chances will come his way.

United failed to sign any midfielders this summer, opening the door for Garner to breakthrough.

In the opening game of the season, United’s midfield was a clear weak point.

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There is an opportunity for Garner to state his case, and it is likely he gets games in the Europa League.

If he keeps playing like he has begun the season for the under-23s, then it will be difficult to hold him back.

With creativity and an eye or goal, Garner might be exactly what United need.

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