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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer drops big hint 17-year-old Man Utd starlet could feature vs Southampton

Despite their current injury crisis, Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw his side pick up an impressive 3-1 win over Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.

The victory keeps them just a point behind fourth-placed Arsenal, as the Norwegian tactician continues to lead them on a resurgent run since being appointed interim boss in December.

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Part of that success has been down to showing faith in the young players at his disposal, and Solskjaer went one further in midweek by handing James Garner his first-team debut in the final few minutes at Selhurst Park.

The 17-year-old is highly-rated at Old Trafford, and with the current injury situation in mind, it could offer him an opportunity to prove he has a bright future at Man Utd by impressing in cameo appearances to help fill the voids.

“We’ve been waiting for that chance [to introduce him to the first team],”Solskjaer told MUTV after the game. “Of course, now with Nemanja [Matic] and Ander [Herrera] injured, there’ll be more chances for Jimmy.

”We might even see him on Saturday against Southampton again.

“I believe he has got the chance to have a great future. Of course, he has to keep working.”

That will undoubtedly be a major confidence boost for the youngster to know that he could feature again so soon, and so time will tell whether or not he gets a chance to make his mark, this time in front of a home crowd at Old Trafford.

Particularly with Matic and Herrera out injured, that doesn’t leave Solskjaer with a great deal of depth in midfield and so he has partly been forced into looking at Garner to offer help.

Nevertheless, based on his comments above along with a comparison to Michael Carrick in his post-match comments, it’s clear that Garner could have a promising career ahead of him at Man Utd if he continues to impress and his opportunity to do so has arguably come earlier than anyone expected.

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