Garner scores to aid Forest's promotion push

Thursday 07 April 2022 11:52

Young Manchester United midfielder James Garner caught the eye on Wednesday evening with a superb goal for loan club Nottingham Forest in their 2-0 victory over Coventry City.

With his side leading by one in front of a home crowd at the City Ground, Garner burst forward from midfield, received the ball inside the box and emphatically powered a first-time finish into the roof of the net.

It’s the third time our Academy graduate has got himself on the scoresheet since February as Forest continue their push for promotion in the Championship.

Watch it below...


The goal wasn’t the only part of James’s midweek performance that was noteworthy either, as our youngster drew praise for an all-round display in the middle of the park that saw him play his part as the Tricky Trees earned an important three points.

He created five chances for his team-mates across the 90 minutes, while racking up five ball recoveries and four interceptions among other numbers. 

The 21-year-old, who has played in all-but one of the club’s 38 league games so far this season, has become an integral part of Steve Cooper’s side over recent months and is obviously enjoying his second spell at the City Ground, and the opportunity to gain regular experience of senior football. 

Garner returned to Forest on loan again in the summer, having spent the second half of last season with the Midlands club, off the back of his first temporary career move, to Watford, earlier in the same campaign.

James is of course set to reunite with the Reds in the summer upon the expiry of his loan deal and if he was to become a more regular part of the senior side, he would add to the seven first-team appearances that he has already accumulated for United so far in his short career.

Last week, having signed a new contract with the club, Bruno Fernandes shared his appreciation of the work Garner is doing from afar, when asked during a Twitter Q&A which Academy player he really looks forward to hopefully playing alongside in the future. 

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His latest strike is one that Fernandes himself would have been proud of and is the latest thing to celebrate for our young midfielder, who recently helped Forest reach the FA Cup fifth round before his hard work was rewarded with a call-up to the England Under-21s squad for their two European qualifiers last month.

But like on Wednesday night, Garner will no doubt keep his head down over the coming weeks and be fully focused on what he can do to aid his loan club's attempt to return to the Premier League for the first time since 1999. 

Forest currently occupy one of the Championship’s four lucrative play-off spots, in fifth, tightly packed into a promotion race in which the teams between the third and 10th places are separated by just eight points. 

Loan Watch: Garner impresses


James Garner put in another big performance while there is an update on Tahith Chong's situation.

It goes without saying that we’ll be keeping a close eye on Jimmy’s run-in with Forest, who have eight games remaining, with a Birmingham City side containing fellow United loanees Teden Mengi and Tahith Chong to come next on Saturday. 

Keep up the good work, James!