Manchester United midfielder James Garner signs new contract

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Manchester United midfielder James Garner signs new contract two days after celebrating his 18th birthday

  • Midfielder James Garner has signed a new long-term deal at Manchester United
  • Garner turned 18 on Wednesday and is now under contract until the age of 21
  • His new deal expires in 2022 but it includes an option to extend by a further year

Simon Peach, Press Association

Highly-rated midfielder James Garner has signed a long-term contract keeping him at Manchester United until at least 2022.

Fresh from turning 18 on Wednesday, the midfielder has put pen to paper on a new deal that includes the option to extend it by a further year.

Garner made his Premier League debut against Crystal Palace last month and has been involved with the first-team squad regularly under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Teenage midfielder James Garner has signed a new long-term contract at Manchester United

United's No 37 was handed his Premier League debut by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in February

United's No 37 was handed his Premier League debut by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in February

United’s No 37 was handed his Premier League debut by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in February

With the club since the age of eight, the England youth international was recently likened to captain-turned-coach Michael Carrick.

‘I believe he’s got the chance to have a great future,’ United caretaker boss Solskjaer said last month.

‘He knows we believe in him, we’ve got great faith in him as the next Michael Carrick.

‘I know he’s young and I know it’s not fair on kids to compare to great players like Michael was, but he’s the same mould, he plays simple passes, plays through the lines.’

On Wednesday he played for United's Under 19s in a UEFA Youth League game with Midtjylland

On Wednesday he played for United's Under 19s in a UEFA Youth League game with Midtjylland

On Wednesday he played for United’s Under 19s in a UEFA Youth League game with Midtjylland

Garner has been likened to Red Devils coach and former England midfielder Michael Carrick

Garner has been likened to Red Devils coach and former England midfielder Michael Carrick

Garner has been likened to Red Devils coach and former England midfielder Michael Carrick

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