James Garner

Loan Watch: Two brilliant goals!

Thursday 10 February 2022 11:29

It was a fruitful midweek for Manchester United’s loanees, with two young midfielders getting themselves on the scoresheet for their respective clubs.

James Garner, who has been catching the eye in Nottingham Forest’s Emirates FA Cup run, stood out in the Championship this time as Steve Cooper’s side recorded an impressive 2-0 away win at fellow promotion hopefuls Blackburn Rovers.

The 20-year-old netted the opener for the East Midlanders, latching on to Keinan Davis’s through ball before feinting inside and firing past Rovers’ keeper Thomas Kaminski.

After Darragh Lenihan was sent off for the home side, Brennan Johnson added a late penalty to make it four wins in five for Forest, who now occupy the final play-off spot in the division.

In Scotland, Dylan Levitt smashed home a brilliant half-volley from the edge of the area to open his Scottish Premiership account for Dundee United, against Motherwell.

The Terrors also recorded a 2-0 win, meaning they leapfrog Wednesday’s opponents and Hibernian in the table and move into fourth.

Also on Wednesday, Brandon Williams played the full 90 minutes as Norwich City made it seven points from a possible nine with a 1-1 draw at home to Crystal Palace.

Teden Mengi departed Birmingham’s 3-1 defeat to Bournemouth half an hour early through injury, while Amad was an unused substitute as Rangers beat Hibernian 2-0 at Ibrox to keep pace with league-leaders Celtic.

Several United loanees were also in action on Tuesday night. Donny van de Beek made his Everton debut but couldn’t help the injury-hit Toffees overturn a 2-1 deficit at Newcastle, with Kieran Trippier’s late free-kick meaning the game eventually ended 3-1 to the Magpies.

United progress in FA Youth Cup


Goals from McNeill, Mainoo, Mather and Garnacho set up a sixth-round tie at home.

Goalkeeper Nathan Bishop played his part in Mansfield Town’s 2-1 win over Colchester United, which boosts the Stags’ hopes of securing at least a League Two play-off spot.

Finally, in the same division, Reece Devine played a full game although Walsall fell to a 1-0 defeat at Scunthorpe United.