23 Mar 2022 | 10:21
Michael Carrick while playing for West Ham
James Garner’s performance at Nottingham Forest this season was exactly what Manchester United expected. Garner is sublimating and playing an important role in helping this club reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
Garner and Nottingham excellently won against Arsenal, Leicester City and only succumbed to Liverpool with a score of 0-1.
The 21-year-old came close to making his mark on the game, with a pass that tore through the Liverpool defense, leading to the penalty being disallowed. But with that pass, Garner showed his quality.
This season, Garner has 4 assists from corners, 2 more than Man Utd all season. And apparently, Garner has a place at Old Trafford next season.
At first, Garner was compared to Michael Carrick. But this is not Garner’s best position. This young talent could play there, but is at his best to influence the game in the third half of the field.
Anyone who was expecting Garner to come on and become the defensive solution in midfield should forget that. When he returns this summer, Garner could threaten the positions of Fred and Scott McTominay.
Garner can play the No 10 role like Bruno Fernandes, but it is difficult to get a chance to start in the first place. And Man Utd also have other young talents playing in similar roles, like Hannibal Mejbri or Shola Shoretire.
Man Utd also promise to sign a defensive midfielder, a type 6 in the summer. At that time, Garner will compete with Fred and McTominay to partner with this new contract.
Fred had a strong season, while McTominay played with more enthusiasm. But obviously, they need to be separated and each should have a chance to start alongside a true defensive midfielder.
And Garner will fight to seize the opportunity. Many clubs want to borrow Garner, but the midfielder insists he will return to Old Trafford. Don’t forget Garner played well when he started 3 Europa League group stage matches for Man Utd in the 2019/20 season, especially in the 1-0 victory at Partizan Belgrade.
The England international is making a name for himself and has bright times ahead.