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Solskjaer has new plan to integrate James Garner into Man United first-team

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has plenty of talented academy youngsters knocking on the door of the first-team at Manchester United.

Brandon Williams and Mason Greenwood have been the academy success stories this season, establishing themselves as permanent fixtures in the Norwegian’s squad.

Another player ready for the next step is midfield starlet James Garner, who is being tipped to do great things at Old Trafford.

Birkenhead-born Garner, 19, has made just three starts under Solskjaer this term, all coming in the Europa League group stages.

Garner has struggled to get regular first-team opportunities with Nemanja Matic and Fred providing a solid midfield platform for large parts of the season.

But it is also clear that the midfielder has outgrown age-group football after shining for Neil Wood’s under 23 side.

And according to the Manchester Evening News, United have revised their plan of nurturing Garner into the first-team setting at the club.

It is believed a loan spell elsewhere is ‘inevitable’ for the youngster as he looks to gain invaluable first-team minutes and prove his worth to the United boss.

Solskjaer already has several central midfield options and a season elsewhere could elevate Garner as a player and help the club plot his pathway into the first team at Old Trafford.

We feel a loan spell in the Championship or at a lower Premier League side would help accelerate the player’s development rather than another season spent in the Under 23’s.

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