James Garner: Roy Keane on why loan star’s Liverpool display is good news for Manchester United

The former Red Devils captain thinks Garner had a solid performance for Nottingham Forest against Liverpool.

<p>Roy Keane has praised James Garner for his display against Liverpool. Credit: Getty.</p>

Roy Keane has praised James Garner for his display against Liverpool. Credit: Getty.

Roy Keane has praised James Garner for his performance for Nottingham Forest against Liverpool in their FA Cup quarter-final on Sunday.

The latter, who is on loan at Forest from Manchester United this season, has been one of their stand-out players this season.

This is Garner’s second loan spell with the club after initially joining them in January last campaign before re-signing this summer.

His latest performance against Liverpool has not gone unnoticed with former Red Devils captain Keane complimenting the midfielder for his display.

Manchester United were reportedly considering recalling James Garner from his loan at Nottingham Forest during the January window. However, they eventually decided it would be best for him to develop at the City Ground. (Manchester Evening News)

“He has got a good partnership with [Ryan] Yates going in the middle of midfield,” Keane said on ITV Sport after the game.

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“I think they complement each other very well.

“He is very good technically and he likes to dictate the play, sits a little bit more than Yates.

“Tough game for him today, but this game is good for those young players to experience playing against these top players like Liverpool, it is a great way to learn.”

Manchester United midfielder James Garner. Picture: Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images

Garner has been ever-present for Forest this season, making 36 appearances in all competitions. He has found the net three times and assisted his teammates on six occasions.

The Championship side have had a FA Cup run to remember, beating the likes of Arsenal, last year’s winners Leicester City and Huddersfield Town to reach the last eight.

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Since the arrival of Steve Cooper as manager they have worked their way up the table and currently sit ninth with 10 games remaining for them.

Keane’s comments should excite the United faithful with Garner potentially a future star within the first-team.