Martin Keown has advised Manchester United to recall loanee James Garner from Nottingham Forest after his ‘absolutely beauty’ performance against Leicester City.
That is the idea of Martin Keown, who maintains that Garner, who joined the Championship side on loan, is good enough to be part of the United squad at Old Trafford.
Nottingham Forest stunned Leicester City when they went three goals up after 32 minutes of action, with James Garner playing a vital role in the Championship side’s stunning three-goal lead.
The Premier League side pulled a goal back just before half-time through an effort from Kelechi Iheanacho but the hosts continued their dominance in the second half and scored another goal to successfully beat The Foxes 4-1.
Manchester United loanee, James Garner, put out a commanding display in the midfield and provided the assist to Nottingham Forest’s third goal.
Garner’s set-pieces were a nightmare throughout the match, something Man United have massively lacked in the team this season.
United have converted just one set-piece goal all season in the Premier League – the worst record of any side in the top flight – and have not scored a single goal from a corner despite having over 100 attempts, whereas Garner has now assisted more goals from corners against Premier League opposition than Man United as a whole this season.
Keown was thoroughly impressed with the youngster’s performance – describing the 20-year-old as a ‘really creative player’ with ‘good technique’ – and suggested that the Red Devils should be planning to recall him back into the first-team squad.
James Garner’s game by numbers vs Leicester City:
100% tackles won
83% pass accuracy
7 ball recoveries
7 attempted long passes
5 successful long passes
2 successful crosses
2 chances created
A complete midfield performance. 👏 pic.twitter.com/2LffBMd9yq
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) February 6, 2022
Speaking while on commentary duty for BBC Sport, Keown said: ‘Again, set-piece, the ball in from Garner is an absolute beauty, look at the whip on that.
‘You can’t underestimate the quality that Garner is putting into this box. He’s on loan from Manchester United – they need to be thinking about getting him back there quickly!’
Asked if United fans should be encouraged by Garner, Keown added: ‘I do. I like the way he’s developing, growing as a player. Second year here on loan, you can see the development. He’s certainly playing with a lot more confidence right now.’
James Garner also put out an impressing performance when Nottingham Forest beat Arsenal in the FA Cup third round last month.