John Barnes warns Man Utd against transfer decision that will ’cause more disunity’


James GArner

James Garner is currently on loan at Nottingham Forest (Picture: Jon Hobley/ MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

John Barnes says Manchester United can’t be making decisions to recall the likes of James Garner without a permanent manager in charge.

Ralf Rangnick is currently at the helm on an interim basis until the end of the season when United will finally name Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s permanent successor.

While the German boss has been brought in with the task of ensuring United finish in the top four and secure Champions League football next season, it’s proved a tricky situation with the club essentially in limbo until the summer.

When it comes to transfers, Rangnick wasn’t handed a hefty budget in January to bring in players because he’ll be moving into a consultancy role at the end of the campaign with the new boss then having a say on who he wants to sign.

However, United did reportedly discuss recalling 20-year-old Garner early from his loan spell with Nottingham Forest after watching him impress in their 4-1 FA Cup win over Leicester.

Barnes feels United’s current interim period means any decision like that should not be taken lightly though as it would cause further problems in the dressing room.

Ralf Rangnick

Ralf Rangnick is in charge on an interim basis until the end of the season (Picture: Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

‘At Arsenal, Mikel Arteta is the long-term manager, he’s the man in control. Therefore, if he decides to drop any of the senior players, like he did with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, he will be supported. There is no manager at Manchester United,’ the Liverpool legend told BonusCodeBets.

‘They can’t bring a young player like James Garner back into the fold and ignore the senior players without there being a long-term manager. Ralf Rangnick is there now but he’s not going to be the long-term manager and we don’t know who that’s going to be.

‘Manchester United have to play their superstars and their strongest team every week regardless of their form. They can’t put all the pressure on the youngsters because they’re in a different position to Arsenal.

‘If they were to bring James Garner back and he’s put in the team ahead of more senior players, that will only cause more disunity and we know how powerful the players are there. If a manager comes in who can make decisions like bringing Garner back in to play over Paul Pogba, then they’ll have to support him.

‘But at this moment in time, Manchester United don’t have stable footing at a managerial level to make those kinds of calls.’

Garner, who has netted just twice for Forest so far, will return to United at the end of the season and hope for his chance to impress the new manager in pre-season.


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