Nottingham Forest's James Garner during the Sky Bet Championship match against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. Friday March 4, 2022.

Watch: Man Utd loanee James Garner makes De Bruyne-esque pass

Manchester United loanee James Garner nearly produced a stunning assist during Nottingham Forest’s 1-0 win over Peterborough. 

Garner, who came through United’s academy, is renowned for his impressive passing range and has previously been compared to Michael Carrick.

The midfielder has been earning rave reviews for his performances at Forest and is one of the first names on Steve Cooper’s team sheet.

He’s registered four goals and eight assists in 42 appearances this season but should be one nine assists following their recent trip to Peterborough.

With Forest leading 1-0 after Sam Surridge’s goal, Garner picked out Lewis Grabban in the second half with a stunning first-time pass.

Grabban then raced into the penalty area and cut inside but wasn’t able to find the back of the net, firing straight at the Peterborough goalkeeper.

Forest still won 1-0 and now need just one more point from their final four league games to guarantee a spot in the Championship play-offs.

According to reports, Garner is set to travel with the United first team during the club’s pre-season tour and will be hoping to impress new manager Erik ten Hag.

“For me, he’s got all the attributes needed,” Forest’s Jack Colback said of Garner’s ability to play in the Premier League. “He’s very good on the ball, technically his passing range is excellent but he’s also got the other side of that, which is defensive.

“I think he doesn’t get the credit, but he’s really good defensively, he covers a lot, gets a lot of tackles in and you need that.

“Like any player you’ve got to keep your head down, keep working, never think that you’ve done enough, but Jimmy will have as good a chance as anyone.”

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