Daniel James fits the profile of the young British player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to recruit … he has the scorching pace to reinvigorate the attack of Manchester United and the tension of Old Trafford
- Daniel James was so disillusioned a year ago and was considering leaving Swansea
- The Welsh youth was worried about his prospects under Graham Potter
- It has been a rapid rise since it led to him becoming a member of Manchester United
This time last year, Daniel James was so disillusioned with life in Swansea that he considered leaving the champion club in search of football from the first team elsewhere.
The young winger had made his senior debut and scored 8-1 in February at Notts County in the FA Cup, but was sufficiently concerned about his chances of knocking on new manager Graham Potter towards the end of last season.
& # 39; I remember going to the office and saying I wanted to go on loan & # 39 ;, James remembers.
Daniel James completed his £ 17m move to Manchester United from Swansea on Wednesday
& # 39; I was told that I was part of something and you naturally leave the office and think: & # 39; Is that true? & # 39; I didn't think I'd get a lot of football from the first team. & # 39;
Twelve months later, James' career has progressed so far that the 21-year-old is celebrating a £ 17 million move to Manchester United with a salary of £ 67,000 a week.
For James, it was a rapid rise from the promising Under-23 player to the full-fledged international of Wales and the first signing by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as United boss.
& # 39; It is unreal to be part of this huge club & he added. & # 39; As a child, everyone grows up and says, "I want to play for Manchester United" and here I am today. I never thought I'd play against them, let alone for them.
The 21-year-old made his professional debut for the swans in February last year
The Wales international believes he is ready for the & # 39; big test & # 39; from playing in the Premier League
& # 39; Playing in the Premier League is going to be a big test for me and I think I'm ready.
& # 39; I have been talking to him (Solskjaer) since I have been here. I think the ambition they have for the club is great for years to come – to get players hungry and ready to work hard.
& # 39; I believe I am one of those players. I am willing to work hard. It's a challenge I'm looking forward to. & # 39;
James fits the profile of the young British player Solskjaer is trying to recruit; one with a kind of fiery pace that the Norwegian hope can once again defuse the attack and sensation supporters of United.
& # 39; I would say that I am a fairly direct player & # 39 ;, says James. & # 39; I don't just want to get the ball in my feet and dribble with the players, I like getting the ball in the back. I am a fairly fast player.
& # 39; Being versatile is important at this time. It is important that you play different positions. I played left, right and top this year and enjoyed it. You are more likely to join the team. & # 39;
James fits the profile of the young British player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer trying to recruit
The Norwegian hopes that the winger can fuel the attack of Manchester United next season
The youngster from Beverley did 38 games in his breakthrough season for Swansea and scored five times.
He also received his senior international debut for Wales in a friendly match against Albania, before finishing the winner of the Euro 2020 qualifier against Slovakia in March.
& # 39; Getting so many games for Swansea and my Wales debut is also great & # 39 ;, James said. & # 39; In the beginning you are nervous and you worry about what other people think about you.
& # 39; The gaffer trusted me and told me to just go out and play my game. From that moment on, I just believed I could play. Every game got better and I learned more. & # 39;
James scored four goals and nine assists in the championship for Swansea City last season
It was a recommendation from Wales boss Ryan Giggs that led to United approaching Swansea. The deal was confirmed Wednesday with James signing a five-year contract with the option for another 12 months.
& # 39; Ryan was clearly a great honor for why I am here now, & # 39; he said. & # 39; Of course he gave me this chance in the Slovak match and to score in the first five minutes was great for me.
& # 39; He clearly mentioned me here and I would give a lot in return. & # 39;
James was a spectator when United played Barcelona in the Champions League in Old Trafford in April and never thought he would join the club until a few months later.
& # 39; The atmosphere was great. I never thought I could actually play on that field. If I think about it now, I can't wait to get out of there.
Ryan Giggs (center) handed the winger (right) his debut in Wales in November 2018 in Albania
& # 39; I'm really looking forward to the competition list coming out. Seeing the teams I am going to play is unreal for me. I probably never thought I'd play against these teams.
& # 39; I was able to taste it last year in the FA Cup against some of the best players in the world.
& # 39; That is where I want to be and it is a challenge that I am really looking forward to. I want to be part of bringing United back to where they want to be. & # 39;
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