James Garner applauds the Forest supporters during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Derby County at the City Ground. January 2022.

‘Man Utd’s best player’ – Forest fans hail James Garner after top display

Manchester United loanee James Garner continued to enhance his reputation with an impressive performance in Nottingham Forest’s FA Cup win over Huddersfield. 

Garner, who came through United’s academy, has spent the last 14 months on loan at Forest in order to get more first-team experience.

He’s established himself as a fan favourite at the City Ground and has even been compared to Liverpool and Real Madrid legend Xabi Alonso. 

The 20-year-old midfielder has recently been linked with moves to Leeds and Southampton but is reportedly set to spend 2022-23 back at Old Trafford.

He’s helped put Forest back in the Championship play-off picture and has also been a key part of their FA Cup run, producing great performances against Arsenal and Leicester City.

After Huddersfield took an early lead against Forest in the fifth round, Garner dissected their defence with a brilliant through ball in the 28th minuteWhile Huddersfield dealt with the initial danger, Sam Surridge was on hand to sweep the ball home and level the scores.

The United loanee then set up the winning goal eight minutes later, delivering a brilliant free-kick that was headed home by Ryan Yates. Garner has now registered two goals and four assists in his last eight appearances for Forest.

Alongside his assist against Huddersfield, he also won all of his ground and aerial duels, made two tackles, completed 40 accurate passes and wasn’t dribbled past.

Forest are now through to the last eight of the FA Cup for the first time since 1996 and will come up against Premier League side Liverpool. 

“Curtis Jones might play but you’ve got to say that James Garner will fancy himself as being as good as him,” former Forest midfielder Steve Hodge told BBC Radio Nottingham after the game.

“Being on loan from Manchester United, he’ll be desperate to play.”

We’ve rounded up a number of tweets from Forest fans that were impressed by his display.

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