Ole confirms loan plans for Amad and Garner
James Garner will head out on loan again after impressing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in pre-season at Manchester United, while Ivorian winger Amad may stay at the club and fight for a first-team spot.
After a successful six-month stint with Championship side Nottingham Forest last season, in which he won the plaudits of teammates, coaches and fans alike, Garner joined back up with United for pre-season. His performances were impressive and composed, but still only 20, the English midfielder will benefit from another few months of regular first-team football.
United have already sent a number of players on loan this summer, with Tahith Chong impressing at Birmingham City already, Reece Devine playing for Scottish Premiership side St. Johnstone in the UEFA Europa League qualifiers and Will Fish picking up a couple of Man-of-the-Match awards at Stockport County.
Garner's long-time midfield partner Dylan Levitt - the pair have played together in the Academy for more than a decade - joined Dundee United on Friday.
"I would definitely think Jimmy will go on loan," Solskjaer told reporters in a press conference to preview our Sunday afternoon game against Southampton.
"That’s more or less done. He’s done really well in pre-season, and he’s really impressed me, and I think for his career, another season, or another six months now to start with, playing regularly in the Championship will help him."
As for Amad, the 19-year-old has enjoyed a busy summer, representing Ivory Coast at the Tokyo Olympics as the Elephants were knocked out at the quarter-finals stage by eventual silver medalists Spain.
Having played eight times for United last season after joining in January, a loan move may make sense for Amad to get regular opportunities at a first team level.
However, the maturity with which he has played when called upon for United has been impressive, and Solskjaer said he's been particularly taken by his recent work at Carrington.
"With Amad, I have to say he’s doing really, really well in training," Ole enthused.
"He’s come back a little bit later after the Olympics, we needed some time to get him back in and now he’s looking really good, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he stayed.