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Name Daniel James
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Club as Player Manchester United
  Swansea City FC
  Hull City FC

2019 03 26 Retrieve

[Swansea City’s Daniel James has confirmed he is in talks with the club over a new contract] That’s still underway. It’s about concentrating on the football for me. This time last season I wasn’t playing first-team football, but it’s something that can happen

2019 10 07 Retrieve

[Manchester United’s Wales star Daniel James has admitted England never contacted him about an international call-up despite it being his country of birth] [My father] took me to a camp in north Wales when I was 12. Ever since then I’ve always played for Wales age groups growing up. I can’t say England have ever tried to pick me.

2019 10 07b Retrieve

[James explained it was important for Manchester United to actively overturn their poor form and not continue on the same path] The Premier League this season a lot of clubs have young squads showing what they can do. I’ve always dealt with things in exactly the same way. It was the same when I was at Swansea and things weren’t going so well. It’s important in football to react when things aren’t going so well. It’s alright when things are going good, but it’s important to deal with things when it’s bad

2019 11 10 Retrieve

[Daniel James was impressed with Manchester United’s vibrant attack in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Brighton] The high press paid off, that’s what we have been about all season, playing with energy right from the start. We were a little bit edgy when they scored and it was good to score again on the break, but we could have scored seven or eight goals

[And on Rashford’s gilt-edged chance to double his tally for the day] Marcus normally scores a lot of those goals, thankfully when he missed we were already 3-1 up

2019 11 11 Retrieve

[Daniel James sees spark in Solskjaer’s squad] Getting those three points going into the international break is massive. We have a lot of games when we get back, several cups and obviously the Premier League, but we’ve just got to take every game in our stride and believe we can win every game because we’ve got the ability to do so

The gaffer at the start of the season… it was about moulding us as a team. As the weeks have gone by, the interplay… We played at Norwich and played at Chelsea, that interplay, creating chances going forward. That high press obviously is a big thing for us. Winning the ball high up and going on the counter and that’s how we got our goals [against Brighton]

2019 11 11b Retrieve

[Daniel James says Anthony Martial’s return has been crucial to Manchester United’s recent upturn in form] Since he’s come back in, we’ve got that focal point. He’s a great link-up player. He can come short or go in behind. It’s been important for me and for Marcus since he’s come back into the team to get that interlink. Since he’s come back, he’s got goals and he’s got assists and he’s been great for us

[The Wales winger concedes he did not expect to feature so much but is relishing the opportunity] Coming in was always going to be tough and it was going to be different from playing in the Championship. I think I’ve taken it in my stride, tried to calm myself down a bit and think, ‘I’m here for a reason’. At the start of the season, I maybe didn’t think I would play as much. Every game I’ve been learning and the gaffer has trusted me and I’ve really enjoyed it

2019 11 30 Retrieve

[Manchester United winger Daniel James has hailed Marcus Rashford as a great player] Yeah, Marcus is obviously a great player to play with. The abilities he has are fantastic and he’s getting better every game. Something we work on in training is the movement and things like that and obviously, for me, getting out wide and [in] those positions I want to find him as much as I can, to get him goals and for him to assist me as well. That’s something we talk about every day, to improve each other’s game

[While recalling the key role he played in Rashford’s goals against Liverpool, Norwich and Sheffield United] I think in those situations, over time you get better obviously because you do it in training. That’s something we do in training all the time. Obviously it’s going to be different balls and you’re going to be in different areas but [last Sunday] for me, the right ball was to pull it back. I saw him in the corner of my eye and I think if I went for goal, it wouldn’t have been a goal. I think over time I’m learning every game to be in those situations and get those assists

[James expects a tough challenge from the Premier League new-boys] I think this season they’ve really surprised people. I played against them last season [in the Championship and FA Cup]. They’re a very good team and they’ve still got a lot of the players they had last season, but obviously they’ve added a lot of good players as well. They’ve come from a good win on Monday night and we’re preparing hard for it. They’ve got great qualities and that’s something we’re going to look at and we’ll try and get a stamp on it

2020 01 03 Retrieve

[Daniel James says Man Utd still have sights set on top four finish] I want to win trophies. We want to win the League Cup, get as far as we can in the FA Cup and, with the Premier League, we just need to keep winning games. We want to get into that top four and I think we’re very capable of doing that

It’s Premier League opposition and they’ve done well and we’ve already been there once this season. We want to go far in the competition but this game will be tough. They’ve got a solid backline and they play their five at the back and counter very well. We’ve had some tricky results against them recently but, when we went there earlier in the season, I think we did really well and we were disappointed not to come away with the three points. We’ve looked back over that game and we’ll be ready

[The 22-year-old scored one of the goals of the tournament in a fifth-round win over Brentford, sprinting the full length of the pitch before finishing calmly past Bees goalkeeper Luke Daniels] When anyone asks me about that goal, I think it’s just a bit of a blur!. The ball came out to me and it’s not often you don’t see any defenders on the halfway line and my first instinct was just to run forward. I was at the goal before I knew it and I remember thinking: I can’t run the length of the pitch and not score! When the ball went in, it was a great feeling and it’s something I’ll always remember

2020 01 07 Retrieve

[Daniel James admits he joined Manchester United to win trophies] Since I came here the main thing is about winning trophies, that’s what I want to do. It’s obviously going to be a big tie over two legs but I think we can go into it with our heads held high. Obviously we had a great result there [in December]. It was a tough game but we came out on top and it gave us a lift going into the other games after it

[United stunned the Etihad Stadium during their last meeting with City, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side claimed a notable 2-1 win, and James is hoping for more of the same on Tuesday] I think for the fans it was a great game to watch; playing in it is something a lot different. I know there is a big rivalry and you could feel that. As soon as the game started it was just about concentration. We were 2-0 up by half-time and then it was just about going out there in the second half and sticking to that concentration. As a young boy you want to play for the biggest club and to play in a game like this, a Manchester derby, it’s something I’ve always dreamt of. The one at the Etihad was great but obviously it will be great to play at Old Trafford in another Manchester derby

[James has contributed three goals and seven assists to the United cause this season] When I came here I didn’t expect to play so much at the start, but I have, and that’s big credit to the gaffer and the staff here. Now it’s about me continuing to do what I’ve been doing, I want to look at how I can add more goals and more assists to help the team. When the gaffer brought me in, he told me that I would play an important role here. Maybe I didn’t think I’d play as much as I’ve played now but that’s down to the gaffer and the staff pushing me and me working hard, and that’s something I’ll continue to do

2020 01 19 Retrieve

[Daniel James was quick to dismiss any talk that they consider themselves underdogs going into the match at Anfield] I don’t think we go into any game feeling like underdogs. It’s always been like that and something I learned from day one here. We are United. It is going to be tough but we go into it feeling positive. We are the only team to have taken points off them already and we’ll go full of high hopes. It will be a case of doing what we did last time. We were unlucky to only get a draw with them scoring a late equaliser. We will go there with no fear

Last time we played them [Liverpool], we were only a point off the bottom three and under pressure from everywhere. The players must have felt that, even though they handled the game fantastically. We are more confident, definitely. It is always the foundation of any team to defend well. We spent the majority of our money in the last transfer window on Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Maguire because we needed to defend better but also control and dominate. Harry has such an authority and he is confident on the ball. We need to be better on the ball than we were last time against Liverpool. You need courage to play there

2020 01 23 Retrieve

[Daniel James has promised Manchester United fans that there will be a reaction after Burnley earned their first win at Old Trafford in almost 60 years] It’s still up for grabs, tomorrow we will reflect on this game and see what went wrong. We’ve got two big cup games coming up and we’ve got to go into that with our heads held high. The next league game isn’t for a couple of weeks now which is in our mind but it’s about concentrating on the next game. Every week, home and away, they [the fans] cheer us and stick by us. We’re going to react from this, we know we weren’t good enough

[James was left bemoaning the opportunities that went begging in the first half of the 2-0 loss to Sean Dyche’s side] As a team, we need to take chances better, we had a lot of shots, we should have got the first goal with the amount of chances we had. When we conceded that goal, it wasn’t good enough. We believe from when we were 2-0 down that we could still go on to win the game. It happened at Sheffield United, we just have to believe in that but unfortunately it wasn’t there

2020 02 03 Retrieve

[Man Utd’s Daniel James urges more people to open up on mental health issues] When something like [a family death] happens, it’s always best to speak out and I think when I have, and I’ve spoken to people in similar situations, it’s helped me so much. Getting the message out there to speak out is huge and I think you can be the brightest person in the room but people never know what’s going on really inside and the hardest thing obviously is to speak out. I think Peter and me, myself, is trying to encourage people to be able to speak out and speak to others and don’t be afraid to do that

It didn’t really hit me until about three months and I think that being at United, and that he knew that I was going to United, was obviously a massive thing for me. I think from then on, I just wanted to make him proud and play for an amazing club, someone I’ve always wished to play for, and for him to look down at me say I’m proud of you. And I think that’s helped me so much, just always stay positive. Sometimes, there’s obviously times where you can’t

2020 02 10 Retrieve

[Daniel James says Bruno Fernandes is already looking like a great addition for Manchester United] Yeah he is settling in great. I know quite a few of the boys speak his language and he speaks great English as well. So I think as soon as he came in he put his stamp on the game and he showed what he is about in that last game, on his debut. He was great, with the balls he played in behind and, for me, if we can get that bond, especially playing it in behind, I think that will be great

[James added on the ambition at Old Trafford and his desire to land a trophy] Yeah it would mean everything. That is why I am at this club, to win trophies. We have got a great chance in both of them. Obviously we have got the Premier League game on Monday [against Chelsea] and then we have got that Europa League game [against Club Brugge] on Thursday, so we will go into both of those with our heads held high

2020 03 13 Retrieve

[Daniel James is relieved to have brought his 32-game goal drought to a close at Manchester United] It is nice to score. Maybe I haven’t scored as many goals as I wanted to recently. I got off to a good start but recently it has not been at the standards that I have wanted to be. Thanks to all of the coaches, the manager for trusting in me, working with me every day. I had that chance in the first half and I was a bit gutted about it, but it was just about going out there and if I got the chance, they said to drive and have shots. That’s what I did and thankfully it went in

You can score in every game, you can improve and look back on what you can do more. As a player, I give a lot more than goals, I try to create them and work hard for the team, but [against LASK] was about getting off the mark and now I can capitalise to get more now

2020 04 18 Retrieve

[Daniel James admits Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba have been a big miss for Manchester United] He’s coming back soon I think. He’s not far off. I think he’s been a big miss for us – the goals he’s scored this season. This break now, I think when we come back, I think he’ll be ready and fit and firing to go, which is good for us. The same with Paul [Pogba] as well. There’s a lot of boys who are injured now who’ll be back for the time when we come back. Hopefully we’ll be able to finish this season

Yeah, I think he’s been great since he’s come in. He’s put a lift into us, he plays that killer ball, which obviously helps me and all the other strikers out. He is willing to do that, and obviously he can take a set piece. He’s come in, we’ve won a few games and we’ve gone on a run since then, so I do think he’s had a big uplift on our season

2020 05 02 Retrieve

[Manchester United winger Daniel James says that comparisons branding him the next Gareth Bale are silly] To play with him for Wales is obviously amazing. He’s such a great guy. He’s great with the youngsters and around the place. What he’s done in his career, how he went from a left-back to a left midfielder, to win the Champions League - it’s just amazing what he’s done. He’s one of those players you look up to, but I think being compared to him is a bit silly

When I first met him, he came and sat next to me in the changing room and said: ‘I know it’s a big move for you, if you need anything here is my number and if you ever need to talk about anything I’m here.’ That was obviously great for me. He is so graceful on the pitch. I remember I got one of his shirts, his Europa League shirt when he won it for Chelsea. He’s just someone that I’ve always looked up to and to play in the same team as him is just surreal for me.

2020 05 07 Retrieve

[Daniel James admits he is still coming to terms with the fact that he is a Manchester United player] I can’t remember the exact place I was but I know it was a time near the end of the season. It was only talk at the start so I didn’t really believe it to be honest. I still don’t believe it now! It was a mad time - I was enjoying my time at Swansea, we had a good end to the season and tried to push for the play-off spots but we didn’t end up getting them. To hear that Manchester United were interested was surreal for me because it was my first year in senior football. The year before I’d went out on loan and not played so it was just surreal and at the first moment I didn’t believe it.

[Bruno Fernandes was among those drafted in during the winter window, with the Portugal international midfielder having made an immediate impression in England] I think coming in, we’d researched him and knew he was a great player but also a great character on and off the pitch. He’s 25 but we already see him as that senior player, having that character, he speaks to a lot of players about how they can improve, not to be harsh on them but to help the team improve. He speaks to me and other players about communication and what he likes to do. He’s not played with us and he’s had quite a few games now, he’s getting better and better which comes down to the training ground. He’s been a great player since he’s come in but it’s about his character as well.

2020 05 09 Retrieve

[Manchester United attacker Daniel James revealed his anger when a move from Swansea City to Leeds United fell through] I got to Elland Road about 6pm, did all the pictures with my shirt, all the interviews, because they wanted it to go out in the morning, and then it was strange. It got to about 9pm and I’d signed all the papers and then it was from club-to-club. I had people texting me saying, ‘What’s happening?’ and I literally didn’t know. It wasn’t until 15 minutes to go until I thought, ‘This might not happen now.’. I ended up ringing the chairman [of Swansea] to ask him what’s happening. It was all a bit crazy and then it wasn’t done. I threw my phone. I thought it’s not real. The chief exec of Leeds wasn’t happy at the time, but then it was just a case of driving home. It was a very weird situation and I think it helped me in some ways

2020 05 11 Retrieve

[Manchester United winger Daniel James admits to having sought inspiration from Arsenal and Chelsea legends growing up, with Thierry Henry and Eden Hazard among his idols] There are a few players that obviously come to mind. I think, growing up, I always liked Juan [Mata]. It’s a weird one because, when I first signed for United, meeting him, he’s such a great guy and it was surreal for me to meet him. He was playing for Chelsea in those days when I was watching. Him and [Eden] Hazard together, I always looked up to them two.

Ryan Giggs, who is obviously my manager for Wales, is always someone I look up to. Not just from the career that he had, but the way he went about it. He played for Manchester United for over 20 years. To play at the top level for that long, to play until you’re 39 or 40, still in the Premier League at the top level, you rarely see that in the game and there’s not many players who are going to do that ever again. To do that, he’s someone to look up to. I’ll say Thierry Henry too, for the things that he did. But probably Ryan Giggs most out of them all

2020 05 14 Retrieve

[Daniel James claims Manchester United are capable of challenging for the Premier League title next season] Next season is going to be massive for us. We’re had quite a few boys injured this year, a few long-term obviously at different times, Marcus, Paul and yourself (McTominay). I think once we get them all back and everyone back together, I think with the rotation of the squad we’ve obviously got a great chance of challenging for that title next season

It’s easy to say: ‘Oh we want to do this and we want to do that’, and I feel like we do a lot of talking. But I know the expectation at United and the expectation every player has in the squad is to go and win a title. Everyone’s ambition has to be to win trophies. We’re at Manchester United and ever since I’ve come into the first team that demand for winning football matches is stood by every single player. It’s just results that have let us down every now and then