Man Utd: 97-game star 'surprised Ten Hag wants to sell him' at Old Trafford

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Manchester United ace James Garner is ‘surprised’ that Erik ten Hag is willing to sanction his Old Trafford exit ahead of the transfer deadline, according to talkSPORT reporter Alex Crook.

The Red Devils have made a woeful start to the campaign, having suffered back-to-back defeats at the hands of Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford, and boss ten Hag can make alterations to his squad ahead of the September 1 cut-off point.

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What’s the latest news involving Garner?

Garner has returned to Manchester United after spending last season on loan with Nottingham Forest.

However, having played a key role in Steve Cooper’s side heading back into the Premier League for the first time in 23 years, it appears his days at Old Trafford may be numbered.

That is because, according to The Athletic, Manchester United are open to permanent offers and several Premier League clubs are showing an interest.

The report suggests the Red Devils are seeking £14million while Everton, Southampton, Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur are keeping tabs on the seven-cap England under-21 international.

It is understood that Manchester United football director John Murtough put Garner, who has entered the final two years of his £20,000-per-week contract, up for sale.

What has Alex Crook said about Garner?

Crook understands that Garner is shocked that Manchester United are open to offloading him ahead of the transfer window slamming shut.

However, the talkSPORT reporter believes the Red Devils’ stance emphasises that they need to cash-in on players in order to welcome fresh faces.

Crook told GIVEMESPORT: “He’s been a bit surprised that United are willing to let him go at all, let alone on a permanent transfer.

“But I guess it shows they need to raise funds for this rebuild.”

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Would Garner benefit from a move away?

Following a change in the dugout, thanks to the summer appointment of ten Hag, Garner would have been hoping that his opportunities would increase.

However, the central midfielder has failed to enjoy a single minute of game-time over the course of Manchester United’s first two matches of the season despite being named as a substitute in both.

That shows that he is not at the forefront of ten Hag’s plans and it is becoming increasingly unlikely that Garner will add to his seven appearances for the Red Devils.

The 21-year-old has shown his promise over the course of 97 outings during his senior career, but the vast majority of those have come away from Old Trafford, so he may need to leave his boyhood club in order to realise his potential.

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