Daniel James suddenly inherited his Wales coach’s Joy Division chant at Manchester United and Cristiano Ronaldo’s first ditty would also be suitable. James played on the left and played on the right against Liverpool in another energetic performance.
If ‘should Man United boss be given more time’ is the question, then 21-year-old is the simple answer. United have fast turned a £15million James into a £50m potential superstar that has encouraged the club to provide context on their recruitment reboot.
Wales international has reclaimed the Class of ’92 and Phil Neville’s talent-spotting. It was Neville whom inexplicably supported the Salford City trialist Sadiq El Fitouri to Man Utd in 2015 and Giggs offered glowing monitoring reports on James before the Red Devils finalised a contract in June.
Marcus Rashford connected with what was James’s first United assist against the Reds, which feels a touch of the mind. He has been included in five of United’s 10 Premier League goals. Not unfortunate for a winger who could not get a game at Shrewsbury two years ago.
In 11 United games, James had suffered 22 fouls, which omits the knocks against Crystal Palace and Wolves when he was erroneously carded for simulation.
James’s stamp collection started in the ill-tempered friendly with Spurs in Shanghai, where Moussa Sissoko set his studs. Referees could still provide him with more security. 30-year-old defender Dejan Lovren was happy not to allow a penalty in their recent European qualifier with Wales for a clumsy barge on James.
However, respectably Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire have played, James is the poster boy for the Man Utd recruitment strategy. United now cast a ‘big trawler net’ wide to catch goals after they realised the Sir Alex Ferguson method worked only for Sir Alex Ferguson.