What attributes and qualities do players require to succeed at Manchester United?
Well, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has openly discussed that player's under his stewardship need to have a winning mentality and, although that's often an overused cliche, it's clear the Norweigan has implemented a radical culture shift at Carrington since his appointment.
After years of mediocrity - the trophies Jose Mourinho delivered across his tenure papered across the cracks - United are making sustainable progress on the pitch and their latest signings of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane should take them to another level.
However, while Old Trafford chiefs explore the transfer market to strengthen Solskjaer's side this summer, the United boss' record of handing academy talent opportunities, which is encouraged by the club's rich history, shouldn't be forgotten.
Notably, Solskjaer has played a key role in accelerating Mason Greenwood's development and he's also recently handed debuts to prominent academy stars Anthony Elanga and Shola Shoretire, among others, and that's something that he clearly takes pride in.
Now, although James Garner made his senior United debut under Mourinho two years ago, it seems the 20-year-old could be the latest player to earn Solskjaer's attention and perhaps more first-team involvement will beckon for the midfielder next term.
Garner excelled on loan in the second half of the season with Nottingham Forest last season, making 20 appearances while scoring four goals and providing one assist, but his contribution at the City Ground actually exceeded any statistics on paper.
“All I can say is we’ve been absolutely delighted with him. Four goals from a midfield player in less than half a season is a wonderful return," Forest boss Chris Hughton said when asked about Garner, although it wasn't a surprise that he was impressed.
It's not yet known whether Garner will be granted first-team opportunities by Solskjaer next season, but his mature and consistent performances in the Championship will warrant him that consideration, while his displays in pre-season can also help his cause.
Garner has played against Derby and Brentford in pre-season thus far and there was a moment against the latter that showed he has the mentality to succeed at United because, despite it being a friendly, the youngster tenaciously battled away in midfield.
The moment that stood out, though, was when Garner inflicted a strong challenge on Brentford's Frank Onyeka, showing he was physically comfortable at that level and "I think the guy [Garner] was pretty hard on me," Onyeka admitted after the game.
Solskjaer wants to see a winning mentality from his players and Garner is trying his best to deliver.
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