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James Garner ready to prove Erik ten Hag HE is the answer to Man Utd’s defensive midfield problem last season

JAMES GARNER is looking to win over new Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag in the pre-season.

The 21-year-old United Academy product has returned to Old Trafford after a fantastic loan spell at Nottingham Forest, where he won promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs.

James Garner is hoping to join the Manchester United team after his loan spell at Nottingham Forest

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James Garner is hoping to join the Manchester United team after his loan spell at Nottingham ForestPhoto credit: AFP
Garner will get a chance to impress boss Erik ten Hag in preseason

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Garner will get a chance to impress boss Erik ten Hag in preseasonPhoto credit: Reuters

And with defensive midfield a problem position for United, there’s a chance a strong summer could see Garner secure a squad spot next season.

The England U21 star said: “That’s the plan. I want to do that, go into pre-season and impress.

“It’s up to me as a player to impress him and hopefully make a mark.”

Garner was speaking after the Young Lions’ disappointing 2-1 home loss to Slovenia in Huddersfield on Monday night.

It ended a marathon campaign in which he alone made 49 club appearances.

He has yet to speak to his new gaffer but feels his performances during this tenure have removed any doubt as to his ability to handle the physicality of the senior game.

The Birkenhead boy said: “Before I went on loan there were questions about my physical readiness to compete, play first-team football and I believe I’ve shown that this season.

“Not only did I play a lot of games, but how I held my own in such a tough league and in men’s football, you know. I think I showed that.

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“I haven’t spoken to (Ten Hag) yet. I literally came straight to England from the playoff finals so I had no rest, no rest, was just football, football so I didn’t speak to anyone at the club.

“It’s time for rest now and I’m not sure what the future holds.”

Forest could well be looking to loan Garner out again this term following his promotion.

One thing seems certain, the youngster wants to play in the premier league next season.

He added: “I feel like my career just started last season, I’m still young and just turned 21 a few months ago.

“I’ve had such a good season this season, both with national team and at club level. It’s very important now, hopefully playing in the Premier League next season.”

Djed Spence was on loan at Forest with Garner this season.

The 21-year-old right-back had a night to remember at John Smith’s Stadium when he scored an own goal in the first minute.

But overall it’s been a fabulous year for the south Londoner, who has Tottenham in talks with Middlesbrough over a possible summer deal.

Speaking of his club and country team-mates, Garner added: “He’s a dream to play with. He’s so fast, very good one on one, going forward and defending.

“He has everything as a full-back and as a full-back wherever he plays and the future looks very bright for him.

“He had as good a season as I think, if not better. So I think he could play in the Premier League at the moment.”

England youth international Garner recorded four goals and ten assists in 49 games last season

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England youth international Garner recorded four goals and ten assists in 49 games last seasonPhoto credit: Reuters

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