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Daniel James brings two missing ingredients to Manchester United

The first signing of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign as Manchester United boss has gone through, and it’s 21 Year Old Daniel James from Swansea.

The youngster signed a 5-year deal at Old Trafford and cost the club £15 million pounds, this move comes after very nearly moving to Leeds United of the Championship on deadline day in January.

Despite only having his breakthrough season in 2018-19, Welshman James quickly grew a reputation as one of the top players at Swansea and the man to watch, scoring 5 goals in 38 appearances and assisting many more.

It was only this year that James made his international debut for Wales, scoring on his competitive debut against Slovakia in Group E of Euro 2020 Qualifying. Since his debut, James has gone on to become a regular in the side.

With a club that has a long and storied reputation for developing young talents such as Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and Scott McTominay. James has earned himself a great move in order to keep developing and, get himself to the highest level of world football.

Given that the move is official and all have been announced, we took a look at two things that Manchester United will get from their new signing that perhaps they had been missing…

Pace and Power

We all knew this was coming, and we’ve all seen the videos, the young Welshman is similar to International teammate Gareth Bale. He is lightning quick off the mark and has very good all-round speed. Giving him the ability to be devastating during counter attacks and when running at players.

James gives a great option out on the wing, as a player that can turn the game on its head in seconds due to his pace and acceleration. We don’t think that United have had this kind of player for a long time.

Work Ethic

You see it in the media frequently, United players such as Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez frequently getting criticized for their lack of work, and this is something that you won’t see from James.

There are videos all over the internet of him running the length of the pitch, granted it doesn’t take him long, to help out his team in both attack and defence – hunting down attackers who think they are through on goal from his position out on the wing.

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