Man Utd already have ideal Paul Pogba replacement who Red Devils ‘need’ to give chance to

Rangnick bemoans lack of killer instinct in front of goal as Man Utd crash out of FA Cup

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Manchester United fans may have been given a glimpse of what life after Paul Pogba could look like following James Garner’s stunning display in Nottingham Forest’s 4-1 win over Leicester City in the FA Cup – with Martin Keown insisting that United “need” to give the youngster a chance next season.

Leicester were outfoxed by their bitter rivals and found themselves 3-1 down at the break after a flurry of quick-fire strikes.

Philip Zinckernagel stabbed Forest into a 23rd minute lead before Brennan Johnson doubled that advantage just 30 seconds later.

Joe Worrall headed home a third in the 32nd minute to leave Leicester with a mountain to climb.

Kelechi Iheanacho netted before the break to give Leicester hope, only for Djed Spence to kill the game off just after the hour mark.

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But it was Manchester United loan star Garner who stole the show at the City Ground.

While the 20-year-old may not have grabbed a goal himself, he was instrumental throughout the afternoon for Steve Cooper’s side.

Forest’s conductor-in-chief started the move for Zinckernagel’s opener with an exquisite pass before his pinpoint corner was powered home by Worrall to effectively seal the tie after just half an hour.

As well as his creative exploits, the midfielder also racked up a 100% tackling success rate and completed seven ball recoveries to cap an all-action midfield display against top Premier League opposition.

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Garner’s performance left commentator Keown purring – and his emergence couldn’t come at a better time for United, who are no closer to resolving Pogba’s future.

Speaking while commentating on the tie for the BBC, Keown said: “Again, set-piece, the ball in from Garner is an absolute beauty, look at the whip on that.

“You can’t underestimate the quality that Garner is putting into this box. He’s on loan from Manchester United – they need to be thinking about getting him back there quickly!”

When he was asked if United fans should be encouraged by Garner, Keown added: “I do. I like the way he’s developing, growing as a player. Second year here on loan, you can see the development. He’s certainly playing with a lot more confidence right now.”

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Pogba is now inside the final six months of his contract at Old Trafford and could choose to walk away from the club for nothing for the second time in his career in the summer.

But Garner proved during Sunday’s cup clash that United could do a lot worse than hand the academy graduate a chance to step up if Pogba does indeed quit the club.

While Pogba has flattered to deceive this season, Garner has flourished during his year-long stint in the Midlands after linking up with Forest last January.

And by laying on assist from a corner, Garner has managed a feat that no other United player has managed so far this term.

It seems inevitable after his midfield masterclass against the reigning FA Cup holders that Garner will be given his chance to stake a claim at Old Trafford next season – and he could end up saving United a hefty transfer fee in the process.

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