The player in question is James Garner.
Garner had an excellent 2021/22 on loan with now Premier League outfit Nottingham Forest, and there was some hope among Manchester United fans that they would see Garner handed a first-team role this season.
When speaking about Garner in pre-season, Ten Hag admitted he had not seen much of the midfielder as he had only just been integrated into training:
“James Garner integrated into training this week, so I haven’t seen him. I don’t have a full impression of him and I want to see more. I will then answer the question, and make conclusions and decisions,” said Ten Hag.
Whatever he saw, though, Ten Hag clearly did not like, as Garner is now up for sale.
The Manchester Evening News have reported on Monday that Manchester United have decided to sell James Garner and value the 21-year-old between £15m and £20m.
Nottingham Forest and Tottenham are understood to be interested in the midfielder, who is under contract at United until 2024.
The sale of Garner is likely to fund Adrien Rabiot’s move as the MEN add that United have agreed a fee of £15m rising to £20m for Rabiot and are continuing negotiations with the Frenchman’s mother, Veronique.
Given how popular Garner was amongst the United fanbase and how little anyone actually wants Rabiot, these moves are likely to pile on the backlash the Glazer family are already receiving following United’s dismal start to the campaign.
It also means Manchester United will be spending another season with three fairly inept central midfield options.