Bruno Fernandes eventually came in and sorted out Red Devils midfield last winter, but there was a lot of talk about James Garner getting a chance in the team before that. It’s just been confirmed that U19 England international’s signed for Watford on loan for the campaign, and this should be the perfect opportunity for him to shine.
Paul Pogba was often out injured and the midfield had no creativity or progressive footballers in there, so it meant they were easy to play against and they struggled for opportunities. In the end, James didn’t really get an opportunity so the fans still don’t know how good he could be, so a loan move was vital for his development.
Garner join a club who will expect to bounce back to the PL but it also looks like the coach is looking to play a nice brand of football, so he’ll be able to get on the ball and make things happen.
Hornets has some good midfielders so he may not be an automatic starter, but if he can establish himself and play well then he should earn opportunities at Man United going forward.
The 19-year-old midfielder becomes the latest teenager to depart Man United in search of first-team football following similar moves for Tahith Chong, Dylan Levitt, Matej Kovar and Aliou Traore.
It is understood that Huddersfield Town and Coventry City had both been interested in season-long loan deals for the English youngster after two possible deals fell through in the last week.
Interest in James was very high this summer but the club carefully selected Hornets as his next destination after being given assurances about his development.