top of page

Who is Manchester United-bound Daniel James?

Several reports have emerged that Manchester United are closing in on signing Daniel James from Swansea City for £15 million, with the winger becoming Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first signing as Manchester United manager.

The 21-year-old Welshman has impressed for both Swansea and Wales throughout the season, and whilst he was close to a £8.5 million transfer to United's rivals, Leeds, in January, it seems as if Manchester United have managed to secure the services of the talented winger.

James has been wonderful in a young, attacking Swansea side, and whilst this was his first season as a first-team player, he has managed to put out some impressive numbers, with him scoring four goals and assisting seven more in 33 Championship appearances this season.

What is remarkable about James is the tremendous pace that he possesses, with the most notable instance that showcases this is his phenomenal run to score against Brenford in the FA Cup, with the Swans reaching the quarter-finals of the competition, where they were eventually knocked out against Manchester City.

As a matter of fact, James has completed on average 1.3 dribbles in every match of the Championship this season, and plenty of defenders have found his pace too hard to deal with, as he has been fouled on average 2.7 times every match this season.

This will be a remarkable signing for Manchester United, and whilst it may not be the headline player that United have gone for in recent seasons, but it is a throwback to the players that the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson used to sign, with him often preferring to sign players that are low-profile, yet put out a good shift and are ones for the future.

James can play on both wings, and if he is deployed as a left winger, it could possibly signal Anthony Martial's exit, or else that the Frenchman will be deployed as a striker in the future.

Whatever the case, James will be a hit at the club, and one Manchester United legend had his say on James' talent, as the current Wales coach, Ryan Giggs, said "He's a talent. When you've got that raw pace, you're a threat at any level so as a winger, obviously for me playing as a winger, when I was younger, you then have to develop the other parts of your game which I feel he is doing."

As Manchester United close in on their first signing, Solskjaer is looking to complete his transfer business early on, as he plans to rebuild the United squad completely.


bottom of page