This weekend felt like a pivotal one for James Garner. With Manchester United’s midfield requiring changes, it was the perfect time to bring the 21-year-old into the first team, before new signings potentially arrive.

Garner was an unused substitute as United were sunk 4-0 by Brentford. He has not played a single minute across the two games this season.

And as we feared if he did not get a game, the transfer speculation has begun.

The Athletic report Manchester United are open to permanent offers for James Garner and would accept offers for just £14 million.

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Erik ten Hag open to selling James Garner

Obviously, in Erik ten Hag we trust, but selling James Garner feels like a move which would only backfire on Manchester United.

Garner has not had any real chances, while the likes of Scott McTominay have had countless opportunities and keep on getting them.

There is likely to be plenty of interest in Garner from Premier League clubs, who has the potential to go on and haunt United.

Garner’s chances at United would be impacted by the impending arrival of Adrien Rabiot from Juventus.

The situation feels like a re-tread of a decision made in the Louis van Gaal era, when promising prospect Danny Welbeck was sold in favour of Radamel Falcao joining on a loan deal.

You could make a strong argument for that one at the time. Falcao was one of the world’s best strikers, albeit with a knee injury, while Welbeck had first team opportunities at United.

This situation is even more extreme. Rabiot is not an elite player, while Garner has not had a proper chance.

Welbeck haunted United as recently as the season opener, leading Brighton to a victory over Erik ten Hag’s United. There is a chance that if United sell Garner, the decision will haunt United in the future too.

Of all the players Manchester United fans would be keen to get rid of, Garner should be well down the list.

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