‘Incredible talent’: Loads of Man Utd fans make same James Garner demand

James Garner has proven time and time again that he is a level above academy football.

The 18-year-old has starred for Neil Wood’s u23 side this season, and again shone as United made it three consecutive wins in the Premier League 2 away to Stoke City on Monday evening.

The Reds held on for a 3-2 victory after initially taking a 3-0 lead, and Garner was again the key figure within the side.

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The midfielder has an exceptional goal record for a midfielder at u23 level and netted twice at the Bet365 stadium.

His first was a fantastic header as he rose highest from a corner, which he had won after forcing a save from the goalkeeper with a thunderous shot from outside the box.

Garner’s second, United’s third, exemplified the talent that the club have within their youth ranks. Angel Gomes, who is out of contract this summer, played an inch-perfect reverse over the top through ball to Garner, who finished delicately past the on-rushing goalkeeper.

Although he is still only 18, Garner needs to continue his development next season by stepping up and it is clear that he will not yet have a regular role in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team.

He has made just three starts for Solskjaer’s side this season, all coming in the Europa League.

What has been frustrating so far under Solskjaer is that the Norwegian has failed to use the loan market to progress his younger players.

Garner is at a stage where he is ready for first-team football, and while this may not be at United initially, he could benefit greatly from a season elsewhere, whether it be in the Premier League or Championship.

He is an exciting first-team prospect and a goal-contributing midfielder that our manager should be keeping more than a watchful eye on.




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