James Garner and Dylan Levitt were given the opportunity to renew their U23 midfield partnership in Manchester United’s 2021/22 first-team opening game.

Both players spent the past season on loan and seemed to be enjoying the chance to play together again.

It was a wise decision by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to play the pair together instead of mixing them up with high-ranking stars.

Garner and Levitt know each other well and complement each other well. This was evident in the 45 minutes they played in Pride Park.

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The game was a chance for Garner and Levitt to make an impression, to attract the attention of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and clubs trying to get him on loan. Both went well.

United won the first half 1-0 with Tahith Chong on the top scorer list. This goal came after a good job from Garner, who pushed forward.

It’s always good to see young players blossom for United, and both Garner, 20 and Levitt, 20, have shown here in 45 minutes that they are ready for first-team football, whether for the Red Devils or not.

Garner has the worst case after a good season on loan in the championship last season and he can be a useful first-team squad if he stays. United only has to decide if they will benefit more from playing more regularly when a top loan deal comes off.

reaction

Both players left a positive impression on the audience …

Levitt and Garner were excellent

– Gray (@TCeegrey) July 18, 2021

Garner and Levitt were great

– Bharat ™ ️ #PlayDonny #GlazersOut (@BharatMUFC) July 18, 2021

Levitt was so good at this midfield, even better than Garner.

I hope he gets a good loan this season.

– Dzemaili💫 (@Duckin_Frunk) July 18, 2021

Levitt and Garner complement each other well. Both are calm and precise with the ball

– AM (@ManUtdYeezy) July 18, 2021

Garner and Levitt deliver passes McFred never could.

– Deeecent !! (@ AFYB01) July 18, 2021

Hope Levitt and Garner are doing enough on these games to show Ole they deserve to be mistaken for the rotation

– God’s Son (hatShatiPaul) July 18, 2021

Garner a Levitt who tells McFred to come outside

– Ta Blade Manqanqa (@ manelisi_97) July 18, 2021

I am enjoying Levitt and Garner in this match

– kash (@Jeff_kashh) July 18, 2021

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