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After Bailly: “Incredible” jewel “expected to leave” Old Trafford in Ten Hag first United blunder

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After Bailly: “Incredible” jewel “expected to leave” Old Trafford in Ten Hag first United blunder

Manchester United are reportedly set to sanction the departure of promising midfielder James Garner, who is wanted by a number of Premier League clubs.

According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, the 21-year-old is likely to leave Old Trafford before the end of the transfer window, with Everton and Southampton both interested in the former Nottingham Forest loanee.

The transfer guru stated on Twitter about the youngster’s future: “Everton and Southampton are both showing interest in James Garner. No agreement/decision made, but he’s expected to leave Manchester United in the next days.”

This comes after  The Athletic reported that the Red Devils were willing to sell the playmaker before the September deadline, with a fee of around £14 million being suggested.

So far this summer, the club has sanctioned the departures of Alex Telles and Dean Henderson, while Ivory Coast international Eric Bailly has only recently secured a move to Marseille.

Ten Hag’s first Man United blunder

In a week when United manager Erik ten Hag is riding high after defeating Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side with a dramatically improved performance on Monday evening, it appears that the Dutchman may be about to make the first notable blunder of his tenure by allowing Garner to leave.

The 52-year-old has largely been praised for his bold decision-making thus far, having raised eyebrows by benching captain Harry Maguire and ‘talisman’ Cristiano Ronaldo for the win over the Merseysiders.

While Ten Hag’s brave decisions were vindicated, it’s difficult to see how allowing the academy graduate to move on will be considered a success for the former Ajax head coach, with Ten Hag likely missing a trick by not integrating the highly-rated prospect into his first-team plans this season.

Garner has yet to appear in the Premier League this season, possibly due to a disrupted pre-season due to injury, with even the club’s much-discussed midfield woes not leading to a more prominent role.

Even after club legend Roy Keane described the likes of Scott McTominay and Fred as “not good enough” following the opening weekend defeat to Brighton, the £6.3m-rated gem is still no closer to earning a starting berth – with forgotten man Donny Van de Beek seemingly still preferred ahead of him.

After returning to the Theatre of Dreams over the summer, the England U21 international was likely hoping for a chance under the new manager, having thrived on loan under Steve Cooper last season.

The “incredible” talent, as journalist Callum Castel described him, was crucial to the City Ground’s successful promotion push last season, scoring four goals and providing eight assists in 41 games across all competitions.

After demonstrating his ability to compete in the Championship, the next logical step would have been a return to his parent club’s first-team fold or a loan move to a top-tier side to help further his development.

Ten Hag’s decision to sanction a permanent exit, as reports have suggested recently, is a head scratcher, with the decision potentially coming back to bite him in the near future, should Garner thrive elsewhere.

After Bailly: “Incredible” jewel “expected to leave” Old Trafford in Ten Hag first United blunder

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