James Garner came off the bench to make his Manchester United debut against Crystal Palace.
Garner replaced Fred on 90 minutes, after Ashley Young’s goal had wrapped up a 3-1 win.
Interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had high praise for Garner after the game.
He said he is already in his thoughts for this weekend’s home fixture against Southampton.
Solskjaer compared Garner to Michael Carrick and hopes the 17-year-old can live up to the comparison.

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Solskjaer told United’s official website: “I’ve been waiting for that chance . Of course, now with Nemanja and Ander injured, there’ll be more chances for Jimmy.
“We might even see him on Saturday against Southampton again.
“I believe he has got the chance to have a great future. Of course, he has to keep working.
“He knows we believe in him. We have great faith in him as the next Michael Carrick. I know he’s young and it’s not fair on kids to compare them to great players like Michael was, but he’s in the same mould.
“He can see the game, he plays simple passes. He sees through the lines, like Scott McTominay did tonight.
“Michael had pressure coming in after Roy Keane. So it’s just the way it is at.”

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Solskjaer is only making comments like these because he is confident Garner can handle it.
The teenager is a special talent and he could even be in line to replace Fred at the weekend.
The Brazilian had a mixed game, starting poorly, and may not have done enough to retain his place.
Solskjaer is clearly itching to give Garner more opportunities. It would be great to see him take them.
 

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