Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has been told he already has an alternative to Frenkie de Jong in his squad if he doesn’t get a deal over the line for the Dutchman. Former Crystal Palace midfielder Darren Ambrose says James Garner can make the step up to being a prominent player for United.
Barcelona star De Jong has been a top target for United throughout the summer. The two clubs have agreed a fee but the 25-year-old wants to stay at the Nou Camp.
If a deal is not able to be completed, Ambrose reckons Garner can have an impact. The 21-year-old came through the academy at United and has spent the last 18 months on loan at Nottingham Forest.
He played a key part in Forest’s promotion back to the Premier League last season and Ambrose has been hugely impressed with what he has seen. He told talkSPORT: “I’m 50-50 on whether [De Jong] will end up a Manchester United player or not.
Garner is back with United for pre-season and recently discussed his preferred position in midfield. He said: “Personally, I’m not too fussed if I play as a No 6 or No 8. Throughout the academy, I played as a deeper-lying No 6.
“People maybe questioned whether I could score and create but when I got to the [Under] 21s, I showed I could also play box to box. This season, I’ve played as a No 6, No 8 and in the No 10 position. For me, I enjoy No 6 or No 8.
“In the academy, I was always a centre-back at six or seven, but got moved into midfield and it went from there. I’m enjoying my time.”