Daniel James joined Manchester United in 2019 but failed to really breakthrough at Old Trafford, and following his sale to Leeds this summer, Rio Ferdinand has said why the Welshman struggled
Daniel James left Manchester United on Deadline Day as he moved to Leeds in a deal worth £25million, ending his two-year stay at Old Trafford.
The Welshman started United’s last game against Wolves, but in a shock U-turn left the club after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted that his game time may be limited.
Following the arrivals of Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho this summer, competition for places is higher than ever in the final third, so James took the decision to move away from the club.
Former United star Rio Ferdinand has given his thoughts on the move, and given insight on why it didn’t quite work out for James at Old Trafford.
Ferdinand also played for Leeds before joining United in 2002, and the former defender said on his YouTube channel that the move is a fantastic deal for all parties.
He said on his YouTube channel : “They’ve [Leeds] been on him for ages, they’ve wanted this boy for time.
“Listen, Dan James, I don’t think he’s Man United standard, but he’s definitely Premier League standard and the way Leeds play, he’s going to be a problem for a few teams.”
Ferdinand thinks James’ style of play didn’t properly suit United, but could be a huge asset for his new side: “The kid in that team will be getting the ball and getting forward quick, and that suits his game.
“When you have to break down two banks of four like Man United that doesn’t suit James’ game, he likes space.
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“But yeah, Leeds United for Dan James will be a fantastic move for both parties.”
Leeds have been interested in signing James for a long time, and they were just minutes away from doing so in 2019, but the deal fell through.
On Deadline Day during the January transfer window, James expressed his desire to leave Swansea and join Leeds, and a fee was agreed between the two clubs.
James agreed personal terms and completed his medical, and even conducted interviews and photoshoots as the deal was essentially done, but a disagreement between the Swansea owners and the Leeds chairman halted the move just an hour before the deadline.
The Welshman was waiting at Elland Road for Swansea to sign off the deal but they never did, leaving James with an awkward trip back to Wales.
James now gets a chance to make up for lost time though, and Wales boss Rob Page has also spoken highly of the wingers decision to join Leeds, and thinks that Marcelo Bielsa can turn the Welshman into the complete player.
James started in Wales’ World Cup qualifier against Belarus on Sunday, and could feature against Estonia on Wednesday, but his Leeds debut could be a tricky one, as Bielsa’s side travel to Anfield on September 12.