Dan James: Will the winger be part of Ole’s future plans?

It was a mixed season for Manchester United’s new winger, Daniel James, who featured in the Premier League for the first time in his career.

The Welsh youngster scored three goals and made six assists in 33 games for us in his debut season, after securing a move from Swansea City last summer.

James scored on four occasions in the Championship for the Swans prior to signing for the Red Devils, as well as providing seven assists in 28 appearances. His performances and lightning pace certainly caught the eye of several clubs in both the Championship and Premier League.

But it was Leeds United where the winger nearly moved to in the January 2019 transfer window, only for Swansea’s hierarchy to back out of the deal at the last minute. James was patiently waiting at Leeds United’s training ground on deadline day, but the deal fell through.

This allowed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to convince James that Old Trafford was his preferred destination six months later, after a strong end to the season in the Championship.

Daniel James started this past campaign with a couple of explosive performances, getting our fans excited with the new prospect. However, as the season went on, James’ performances were a little hit and miss for some as he began to learn all about the Premier League and its competitiveness.

Solskjaer has continued to defend his winger and has consistently made it clear he wants to his younger players to express themselves on the pitch and showcase their talents. He has remained faithful to his young star, who he believes will only continue to blossom into a better, stronger football for United.

We were able to achieve Champions League football on the last day of the season, but football betting suggests they are outsiders to win the competition. Having lost to Sevilla and failing to secure a spot in the Europa League final, our squad still needs much greater depth in order to compete in Europe.

Despite Manchester United’s strong links with Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, Solskjaer has reiterated that Dan James remains very much a first team player at Old Trafford. With a season in the Premier League under his belt, the Welsh young star’s experience may prove to be invaluable if he is to improve in a red shirt.

James’ move to Manchester United caught plenty off guard, but under the guidance of Solskjaer, James will have the opportunity to prove his worth. His raw ability is undeniable but playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world means James is always under the spotlight, and with that, comes expectation.

His aim for next season is simple. More goals, more assists and all round more consistent performances throughout the campaign, in all competitions. He’s still only 22, and there’s plenty of time to progress, especially under the wing of Solskjaer.