Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that James Garner’s exit from the club on loan is ‘more or less done’. The talented midfielder spent last season on loan at Watford and Nottingham Forest, with the second half of the season with the latter side being his breakthrough.
Garner has also impressed in pre-season, taking part in preparations for the second time after also being included in Solskjaer’s first pre-season camp in 2019.
Ahead of the fixture at Southampton this weekend, the Norwegian manager confirmed that Garner is close to sealing another loan move away from the club and hinted that another season, or six months, in the Championship beckons for the 20-year-old.
“That’s more or less done,” Solskjaer is quoted as saying by the official Manchester United website when quizzed on Garner’s future.
“He’s done really well in pre-season, and he’s really impressed me, and I think for his career, another season, or another six months now to start with, playing regularly in the Championship will help him.”
Although there had been suggestions among supporters that Garner was ready for a loan in the Premier League, or even a rotational role in the United first-team squad, it looks like valuable experience as a regular is being prioritised.