Man United loanee Garner scored a stunner for Forest over the weekend

Manchester United loanee James Garner scored a stunning strike from distance for Nottingham Forest against Preston North End on Saturday.

The game was part of the final matchday of the Championship season, and the last game of Garner’s current loan spell with Forest.

And although his side would go on to lose the game 2-1, the 22-year-old certainly capped off his spell with the club in style on a goalscoring level.

With the game tied at 0-0 midway through the first half, Garner received the ball from around 35 yards out, before taking a touch and unleashing an unstoppable strike with his right foot.

On first view it looked like there may have been a deflection. It was, in fact, a supreme hit that dipped mid-air before nestling into the top corner.

Chris Hughton’s side took that lead into the break, but were unable to hold on for victory.

Tom Bayliss equalised for North End eight minutes into the second half with what was his first goal for the club, before Stoke loanee Liam Lindsay put Frankie McAvoy’s side ahead on 67 minutes.

That consigned Forest to an 18th defeat of what has been a disappointing campaign overall.

They sacked Sabri Lamouchi after losing their opening four games, before their form picked up mid-season under Hughton.

Forest finished the season 17th – 10 places behind where they finished last season.

Garner ended the campaign by having played a total of 40 games in the Championship.

20 of those came for Watford in the first half of the campaign, before he arrived at the City Ground on loan for the rest of the season at the end of January.

The United loanee has netted four times in total for Forest, including three goals in his last eight starts.

North End, meanwhile, finished the season in 13th place in the Championship. They won four games on the bounce at the end of the campaign under interim head coach McAvoy, who was appointed in the role following the departure of Alex Neil in March.

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