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Everton midfielder Garner insists no regrets leaving Man Utd

Everton midfielder James Garner has no regrets leaving Manchester United.

Garner left United last year after coming through the club's youth system.

"When I came back to United, I felt like I had a good enough season to have a shot," Garner told BBC Sport. "But unfortunately I got injured on the first day and it set me back two or three weeks, so the manager did not get to see me in training and games.

"It was a decision where - after having two seasons in men's football - I wanted to be part of a team and squad, ideally starting too. I knew I wasn't going to get that at United so I made the decision to move here.

"I could have gone on loan again and come back but I felt I would have been in the exact same position I was then. I didn't want to be stuck in the mud, I needed to make a decision to leave one of the best clubs in the world, which was hard, but it is one I am happy I made."

On his time with United manager Erik ten Hag, he added: "Ten Hag is a very approachable guy but is very strict. He takes no-one bending the rules.

"He will say it how it is and will punish people if they have done the wrong things.

"My talk with him was easy. I asked him plain and simple whether I was going to be in the squad or if he saw me playing a part.

"I felt the conversation did not go as well as I wanted and I made the decision to move."

Garner also said of Everton manager Sean Dyche: "Dyche demands 100% work-rate whether that is in the gym or on the pitch, he doesn't like anyone taking shortcuts and if you do you will be found out.

"He is a very strict manager too, very stern and straight to the point, which is what some players need at times."

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