James’ Old Trafford stint

Daniel James signed for Manchester United over the summer, joining from Swansea City.

Man United are believed to have paid around £15m for the youngster’s services.

James would hit the ground running at Man United, coming off the bench and scoring in United’s Premier League opening weekend thrashing of Chelsea.

James would go on to add two more goals for Man United in clashes with Southampton and Crystal Palace.

Baring the 4-0 win over Chelsea, James has started in all of the Red Devil’s league games this season.

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Ferdinand on James

As mentioned above, James signed for United from Swansea.

Swansea are currently honing their craft in the Championship and it was in England’s second division that James was plying his trade last season.

Given that James had never played a Premier League game of football before signing for Man United, you would be forgiven for thinking the 21-year-old would likely be used as more of a squad player during his first season in Manchester.

However, as former Man United man Rio Ferdinand pointed out, James being forced to the forefront of United’s team shows where Man United are at the moment:

“I don’t think they [United] expected what they have got from Daniel James so early on in his Manchester United career.

“He’s probably been their most influential player so far, so what does that really say about that squad?

“You’re buying someone from Swansea who was probably brought in as someone who is going to flourish at a later date.

“However, he’s been forced to the forefront as their main man in the team at the moment. That really says where Manchester United are at this minute in time.” As quoted by the Mirror.

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