James Garner reveals ultimate Manchester United dream ahead of summer decision
James Garner admits his ultimate dream is to make the step up to the Manchester United first team.
Garner, 20, shone on loan with Nottingham Forest in the second half of the season after terminating his original spell with Watford following a change of manager.
The young midfielder quickly became a fan favourite at the City Ground and played a crucial role as Chris Hughton’s side eventually avoided relegation with ease.
Forest are one of many sides keen to take Garner back on loan next season while Rangers, Brighton and Norwich are also interested in a possible deal.
However, the youngster insists he is fully focused on United and will do everything he can to break into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first team squad instead.
“I think that’s ultimately the dream,” he told Inside United. “I’ve been at the club since seven or eight and the main focus is to be in the first team and do whatever takes to be with the first team.
“Like I’ve said, I’ll just keep working hard, keep my head down and have to see what is going to be best for my development. But, ultimately, my dream is to be with the first team and play for United.””
When asked how the year playing in the Championship has helped him Garner pinpointed the physical environment as a huge learning curve in his career.
He added: “I’ve been working hard, physically and mentally, and it’s something I’m trying to add into my game. Hopefully, when I come back at the end of the season, I’ll sit down with the coaches and see what’s best for me and what’s going to be best for my development.
“I’ll take it from there really.”