Champ trio battle for James Garner as five more Man Utd kids eye exits

James Garner

Teenage playmaker James Garner is closing in on a loan exit from Manchester United, according to reports.

The highly-rated 19-year-old made his debut in February 2019 and has made seven appearances in total for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

But Donny van de Beek’s arrival has only increased the competition in United’s midfield. As such, the PA Sports agency claims Garner will leave on a season-long loan to get some much-needed first-team experience.

The teenager has been tracked by a number of Championship clubs and is looking to prove himself in the 2020-21 campaign.

Blackburn and Millwall are believed to be among those interested along with Huddersfield. Their head coach Carlos Corberan met Garner before the 3-3 draw with United’s Under-23s at the end of August.

Joel Pereira has already joined Huddersfield on loan from United. Tahith Chong, Aliou Traore and Matej Kovar have left the Old Trafford giants to gain experience elsewhere on loan this season.

Newly-capped Wales international Dylan Levitt is understood to be close to a loan exit. There is interest in him from Holland, while League One Charlton have also held talks.

Ethan Laird, Arnau Puigmal and Max Taylor are also attracting interest.


There is also interest in defender Di’Shon Bernard. However, Teden Mengi and Ethan Galbraith are set to stay with Neil Wood’s U23s this season.



Levitt gets Giggs advice

Wales manager and United legend Ryan Giggs has also advised Levitt to make a temporary move away from Old Trafford.

“It’s always difficult, you want your players to play regularly and he did last year for the Under-23s,” Giggs told the MEN. “But then if you can go out on loan and he is playing regularly, that is the preferred choice.

Dylan Levitt

“The only problem is players can go out on loan, it can look a great move, and then they don’t play. Then they’re training somewhere else rather than training at United and learning off the players there.

“It’s always a balancing act, it’s always a difficult one. But Dylan has got a big choice to make and hopefully he chooses right.”

Giggs also thinks Levitt has room for development and added: “I’ve been impressed with him for the last five or six months that I’ve picked him. In training he’s been fantastic.

“Towards the end of the Euro qualifiers each game was a huge game so I couldn’t really throw him into that environment.

“It’s great I was able to give him a chance. It was a tough game for him but he will be better for it. I thought he came through the game really well, especially second half. He looked comfortable and he was one of the fittest out of the group.”