James Garner has joined Championship side Watford on loan for the 2020/21 season.
The 19-year-old, who has already made seven appearances for the Manchester United first-team, moves in hope of regular football.
The switch has been confirmed by the official Manchester United website.
Garner was named the United-23s Player of the Year for 2019-20 on Thursday, after a season that saw Neil Wood’s side promoted in Premier League 2.
The midfielder scored eight goals in 10 Premier League 2 games last season — and scored the winner in the EFL Trophy win over Lincoln City, so it was a good year for the youngster.
Now he’s taking a leap towards more first-team football which can only be a good thing. Garner has arguably outgrown his peers at U23 level and it’s time for him to be tested.
He could make his Watford debut against Sheffield Wednesday this weekend.
We are pleased to announce the signing of highly-rated @ManUtd youngster James Garner on a season-long loan 🙌
— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) September 18, 2020
There is a lot of competition for places in United’s midfield so Garner is best to leave on loan and show what he can do elsewhere. He should come back a better player for it and hopefully edge closer to United’s first team.
We would like to wish Garner the best of luck during his time at Vicarage Road.