Manchester United midfielder James Garner is seen as one of the club’s brightest young talents.

Given the competition for places, it is no surprise the 19-year-old is set for a loan move this season. But the latest report from the Manchester Evening News speaks volumes for the player’s talent.

It is claimed that two loan options have already fallen through this summer. This is because United are weighing up the right move for a player tipped to be Michael Carrick’s heir.

Too often players head out on loan only to struggle for game time. That is something United clearly don’t want for Garner.

The midfielder has outgrown under-23 football and he needs to taste regular senior action.

Garner has the innate talent and the drive to succeed. So it will be interesting to see where he ends up when the transfer window closes.

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Garner has appeared 25 times for United’s second string, scoring nine goals and providing three assists.

Now he will be hoping to step up. And from there, he could well become a future star at Old Trafford.

A smart move is a must

Garner has been touted as the next big midfielder to come through at United for a few years now.


It was sensible that he spent the last few seasons growing within the academy. And not it is just as smart that he leaves temporarily but only for the right team.

What the United prospect needs is a side that plays passing football and will give him a platform to shine.

United are clearly getting it right when it comes to their next generation. They have spent the summer recruiting some of Europe’s top teenage talents. And the next generation will only get loan moves that suit their skill set and their potential.

Dylan Levitt is expected to impress at Charlton this season. And Garner can do the same when the right club comes along.

As Solskjaer told United’s official website: “We have great faith in him as the next Michael Carrick.”

The former United star had loan spells at Swindon and Birmingham in his early career and barely played.

The rest, of course, is history. But Garner will be hoping that, wherever he is next season, he plays regularly and, most importantly, well.

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