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James Garner warms up ahead of Manchester United

‘You’re going to see more of James Garner’: Darren Fletcher backs Manchester United academy star to enjoy breakout season and is surprised teenager is yet to feature this season

  • James Garner made his Man United debut against Crystal Palace last year
  • But the 18-year-old midfielder has yet to feature at Old Trafford this season
  • He has made the matchday squad in the Europa League and Carabao Cup 
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Darren Fletcher has backed 18-year-old midfielder James Garner to make a name for himself at Manchester United before the end of the season.

Garner is highly-rated around Old Trafford and made his debut against Crystal Palace last season.

Though he is yet to earn an opportunity under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season, Fletcher believes it is just a matter of time.

James Garner warms up ahead of Manchester United's Europa League clash with Astana

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James Garner warms up ahead of Manchester United’s Europa League clash with Astana

The 18-year-old midfielder arrives ahead of the Carabao Cup clash with Rochdale last week

The 18-year-old midfielder arrives ahead of the Carabao Cup clash with Rochdale last week

The 18-year-old midfielder arrives ahead of the Carabao Cup clash with Rochdale last week

‘People talk about the leaders and who is going to help them, which is an important side [to the argument], so it’s a difficult one but I’m sure as the season goes on you’re going to see more of James Garner because he’s top class,’ Fletcher told BBC Radio 5 Live.

‘I’m surprised he’s not featured so far but by the end of the season I’m sure that people will know who he is without a doubt, if you don’t by now.’

Garner scored for the club’s Under 23s on Friday and made the squad for the Europa League clash with Astana and Carabao Cup game with Rochdale.

And with pressure piling on Solskjaer after an indifferent start to the campaign, Fletcher believes that putting faith in youngsters like Garner will keep him in the favour of the home supporters   

Darren Fletcher believes that Garner will make a name for himself before the end of the season
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Darren Fletcher believes that Garner will make a name for himself before the end of the season

Darren Fletcher believes that Garner will make a name for himself before the end of the season

‘I think the history of the club says they demand and they want young players in the team and they support that,’ the Scot added.

‘It does give you more time when you give youngsters a chance because people see it as refreshing and see it as building for the future.

 ‘I think that they are more than ready to play, it’s just that, can you have too many at once?’

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