James Garner is keen to get more first team minutes under his belt as he pushes for a place in Manchester United’s Europa League side.
The 19-year-old midfielder has only played six senior games this season for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side and wants to build on that first team experience. His last competitive outing came for United’s Under-23s against Stoke on March 2nd and Garner is desperate to feature against LASK at Old Trafford tonight.
“I’ve not played a game for so long I can’t even tell you,” Garner told United’s official website. “Yes, it was against Stoke in the last Under-23s game a few months ago, even more. So I am itching to get out playing now to get some games. That is what I am here to do and what I want to do.
“I was buzzing to get back after the long wait and just buzzing to be back around the lads and inside the environment and the training ground. It has been good.
“I think, obviously, in the position I play in, I’ve got to be fit to get up and down. I think I’m just naturally fit so, when I came back, I found it tough but also it was easy at the same time because of my natural fitness.
“I am obviously hoping to be involved and travel with the team. It is what I have been training for and what I am working towards. It would be good to hopefully get the chance to travel with the team and get some minutes under my belt.”
With Paul Pogba, Fred, Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay all in his position, it’s a crowded field for Garner to contend with at Old Trafford right now. MEN Sport understand the club are keen to send the youngster out on loan to get more regular minutes.
But before that Garner is keen to contribute to a trophy success at United with Europa League silverware within their grasp.
“The competition is tough with some top teams and players in it,” Garner added. ”Being in and around our team, with our lads being top players, and playing against experienced opponents has helped me this season. It’s been top and it’ll be so good to win the trophy, if we can.
“I think the tournament is very exciting and, like I said, it’s what I’m training for – to get as much involvement as I can. If I can be involved with the team and travel over there to Germany if we qualify, to be with the guys, and get some minutes, it would be very, very good.”