Man United is eager to get a closer look at James Garner and Teden Mingy
Posted On May 20, 2021
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to give academy alumni James Garner and Tiden Mengi the chance to fight for a first-team spot next season.
The 20-year-old midfielder Garner enjoyed an excellent loan deal with Nottingham Forest, while center back Mengi, who has been on the bench three times for Solskjaer’s first team in this year’s UEFA Champions League, played nine matches with Wayne Rooney Derby County. Before a hamstring injury leads to an abrupt end of the season.
According to the Manchester Evening News, both clubs are keen to bring their players back for the 2021/22 season, and while this has not been ruled out, Solskjaer wants to take a closer look at both of them before making a final decision.
Solskjaer has admired both players and feels they both deserve a chance to prove themselves at Old Trafford, but a decision will be made in the pre-season on what to do with both.
With Forrest and Derby keen to return Garner and Monge in succession, the option to take out another tournament loan exists, but United may decide to send any of the players to one of the Premier League teams to further their development.
For Garner, talks about a new long-term contract will likely start soon. The 20-year-old has one year left on his current deal, although United have the option to extend that for another year.
There’s probably no shortage of interest in Garner, who started the season with Watford but took his game to a new level after switching to Forrest in January. He scored four goals in 20 matches, including a superb free kick against Queens Park Rangers and a rival goal of the season against Preston.
Decisions on both will depend on United’s business in the transfer market this summer. Solskjaer is looking for both a center back and a midfielder, and both Mengi and Garner will have a chance to fill that void.
However, if United manages to achieve any of their favorite goals, expect Garner and Monge to be out for another season.