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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 06 07 Retrieve

[Manchester United have completed the signing of Swansea City attacker Daniel James in a deal worth £15 million] Manchester United is delighted to announce that it has agreed, in principle, terms with both Swansea City and Daniel James for his transfer to the club. Daniel has successfully completed a medical at the Aon Training Complex. Further details will be communicated once the international transfer window opens next week

2019 06 12 Retrieve

[Welsh winger Daniel James has officially completed a move to Manchester United, putting pen to paper on a five-year contract] This is one of the best days of my life and a challenge I am really looking forward to. The Premier League is the best league in the world and Manchester United is the perfect place for me to continue to develop as a player. This is an incredibly proud moment for me and my family, however, it is tinged with sadness that my father isn’t able to share this experience with us. I am looking forward to working with Ole, meeting the team and getting started.

2019 06 13 Retrieve

[Daniel James is excited by Manchester United’s transfer plans and future ambition after completing his own £15 million move to Old Trafford] Yeah, I’ve spoke to him since I’ve been here. I think the ambition they’ve got for the club is amazing for the next few years - to get players in who are hungry and ready to work hard. I believe [in] that and I’m one of those players. I’m willing to work hard. It’s a challenge I’m looking forward to.

Last season I didn’t think I was going to get much first-team football. I remember going into the office at the start of this year and saying I wanted to go on loan, so I got told that I’d be a part of something. Obviously, you go out of the office thinking, ‘Is that true?’, and to get more opportunities this year has been amazing. It’s been a great six months for me - to get that many games for Swansea and to obviously get my Welsh debut as well has been amazing

[Quizzed on what his game is all about] I’d say I’m quite a direct player. I don’t just like to get the ball into feet and dribble at players; I like to get the ball in behind. I’m quite a pacy player

: 2019 07 11 Manchester United new boys Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James have proved that sometimes footballers should stick to their skill set on the pitch. During their initiation to their Red Devils teammates during a dinner on the Australian pre-season tour, both players were required to get up on stage and belt out a song

2019 07 14 Retrieve

[Daniel James says he is aiming to emulate Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs as he begins his Red Devils career] Giggsy, as soon as I came into the Wales set-up, had ambitions for me. The way he brought me and a lot of other youngsters through has been amazing. He spoke to me when I first signed for United. His advice was to be myself, which is what I will try to do

[The 21-year-old is in awe of learning from the best in the game and hopes to emulate Giggs’s success and longevity] He wasn’t a bad player was he? What he did at Manchester United was amazing. Every young winger looks up to a person like him. He was playing in the Premier League until he was 40 and he was still beating players. Credit to him, the way he looks after his body. It is amazing for me, when I go away on internationals, to learn from people like him. He is obviously someone I aspire to be like

[James has impressed in his early days with United and caught the eye in Saturday’s 2-0 friendly victory over Perth Glory at the Optus Stadium] Walking out there, with the amount of fans that have come from everywhere is surreal, really. Playing with those players is a dream come true.

2019 07 21 Retrieve

[Daniel James suffered a personal loss just weeks before making his dream move to Old Trafford, but revealed his father is still pushing him forward] Every day, I miss him. He always drove me on when he was here. There are times when I am a bit down about it but what he would say is just keep playing and working hard. I know he is looking down on me now, still driving me on

[James is not getting carried away by his performances] It is pleasing but there are three more games to the start of the season

: 2019 07 26 Pochettino sorry for tough tackles in friendly that saw Moussa Sissoko appear to stamp on Dan James. United’s new winger Daniel James seemed to be targeted by Tottenham throughout. The Red Devils beat his Spurs side 2-1 in the International Champions Cup.

2019 07 26b Retrieve

[When asked if he expects to be the target of tough tackling in 2019-20] If you watch any of my games from last season, I think it’s going to happen to me every game. I got some rough treatment against Spurs, but it’s literally every game. I’m used to it. It’s just about getting back up and getting on with it. Being a winger, I’m always going to get fouled, but it’s just about how you get on with it. I don’t let it get in my head and just keep going. The Sissoko one, I’ve nipped in just before and he’s fouled me at the edge of the box in a good position. Part of my game is about winning those fouls and getting in good positions

[James, a reported £15 million ($19m) signing, does not expect to be first choice under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the coming season] The manager brought me in for a reason. Obviously, my aim is to play, but I don’t expect to play. We’ve got amazing forward players here and even the youngsters coming through have done really well. Mason Greenwood has scored two, Chongy [Tahith Chong] has done really well and Angel Gomes scored. It’s always going to be tough, but it’s a long season. If it’s not there at the start I’ve just got to keep biding my time and try to get in that team

: 2019 08 02 Romelu Lukaku isn’t short of pace, and he has the data to prove it. Diogo Dalot was at the head of the pack with a top speed of 36.43kph, with Lukaku just behind him on 36.25kph. Tahith Chong, Marcus Rashford and new signing Daniel James, renowned for his explosive pace, rounded off the top five

2019 08 04 Retrieve

[Daniel James says Manchester United showed their fighting spirit by coming from behind to beat AC Milan on penalties in their final game of pre-season] You couldn’t write it. Amazing. We’ve come from behind, today was a different test. They slowed it down, they played great football but it shows the spirit. We’ve come from behind for the draw and obviously to win on penalties, and to score the last one here in Cardiff is great

2019 08 11 Retrieve

[Daniel James got his life at Manchester United off to a fine start, coming off the bench to net his club’s fourth in a rout against Chelsea on Sunday] You couldn’t write it. Amazing. We’ve come from behind, today was a different test

I don’t think you can sum up how it feels, to come on and score on my debut. I’ve dreamt of that. Ole said to be ready to come on. He said to go and enjoy yourself. Everything we have been doing in pre-season we have done today - high press and winning the ball back. We were keeping it well, even at 3-0 and 4-0. It sets us up well going in to next week

2019 08 12 Retrieve

[Daniel James has vowed that there is more to come from him after seeing a dream come true by netting on his Manchester United debut against Chelsea] Yeah, definitely. I didn’t start but that was not something I was gutted about. I just had to be ready to come on and I think everybody played a part in the win. To come on, I played on the right and on the left. I enjoy them both as much as each other. I knew the counterattacks were going to come, so it was just about being in the right place at the right time. Thankfully I was. I know the deflection was a bit lucky, but it paid off for me

As I took the touch, some people would say it is a dummy. But the ball got away from me a bit, thankfully I think the defender would have blocked it without that, but as soon as I struck it the ball went into the back of the net and was pure emotion for me. I am delighted

I was feeling excited. I wouldn’t say I was nervous. I was coming on when we were 3-0 up so it was just about going on there and enjoying myself, showing people why I am here. That is what it was. At 3-0 we were always going to have counter attacks and that suits my game a lot. To come on and to score, you couldn’t write it

[Pressed on whether a first taste of competitive action at the Theatre of Dreams had lived up to expectations] It lived up to my expectations, definitely. The atmosphere when I came on was amazing. I think the fans were amazing. They stuck with us throughout. It has been shown everywhere we went on pre-seasons, the fans have been amazing and then again here. To score here is a dream come true

2019 08 24 Retrieve

[Manchester United (1) vs (2) Crystal Palace. Daniel James felt Manchester United should have gone on to beat Crystal Palace after he handed them a lifeline, but his efforts ultimately counted for nothing] First half we were not at the races but second half we played well. When we got that goal, I honestly thought we were going to win it. It was hard for us to get through, we couldn’t get into the final third, they set up well. I am delighted to score but I think we should have gone on to win it. We were in control and then to go on and lose it is disappointing

2019 08 25 Retrieve

[Manchester United (1) vs (2) Crystal Palace. Manchester United winger Daniel James has challenged his side to redeem themselves] We want to redeem ourselves. This game is something that we’ll look back on and look at what we could’ve done better. The Southampton game next week will be a completely different test and we’ve got to be ready for it

After we scored, there were three or four minutes to go, the crowd were behind us and we were in control to go and get another. Unfortunately, they’ve hit us on the break and scored

[United had a chance to pull level earlier in the game when they were awarded a penalty, but Marcus Rashford saw his effort bounce off the woodwork] It was a great strike, I think he was unlucky. But, as you’ve seen in the game, we went on and got the equaliser and we were in control that whole second half. We should’ve come away with more.

[James’s goal was his second for United since he joined from Swansea in the recent transfer window] Obviously, I’m delighted to get the goal and that’s something I want to keep improving on and keep doing. But, at the end of the day, it’s a team game and we didn’t win the game today so obviously I’m disappointed

2019 09 10 Retrieve

[Manchester United winger Daniel James has praised the club’s supporters and believes their vociferous support can act as their 12th player this season] Coming out to Old Trafford on my starting home debut [against Crystal Palace] was amazing. You really feel it - I got goosebumps when I came out. The atmosphere was amazing. You hear them all game. The away fans at Wolves and the amount of people that come is amazing as well. You could say they were as loud as the home fans, and that’s something that’s going to be very important again this year - for them to be behind us and be our 12th player

2019 09 17 Retrieve

[Manchester United winger Daniel James almost walked away from football as a child because he wasn’t enjoying it] At the start, when I got to nearly 12 years old, I actually nearly gave up football. I wasn’t enjoying it. I was telling my mum and dad: ‘I’d rather be playing other football’. Or I was missing [going] out with my mates. I was training most nights and was missing out. I was coming back from school and wanting to go out with my mates, but I had to go training. I had a serious meeting with the coaches at Hull [for them] to say: ‘No, we think you’ve got the ability and we want you to stay on here’. Thankfully, from there, I did stay on

[At the age of 14, James was called up to the Wales youth team and was moved from the striker position to the wing - a decision that changed his career] There were times when I wasn’t enjoying it, but I think as a person I developed a lot, especially when I went to play my first game for Wales when I was 14.

2019 10 02 Retrieve

[Daniel James is eager to mark his European debut for Manchester United with a win over AZ that could ease the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side] I’ve had my taste of the Premier League and now playing in Europe is always different. Astana came to us and some people wrote them off before they played but they gave us a good game. I think you can never write these teams off. They wouldn’t be in the competition if they weren’t very good teams. Every game we play in Europe, we have got to be ready for it and prepare right. It was important to get off to a good start and it is another one where we have to go and win as it just takes the pressure off us, really. That comes with people expecting us to go through in the group, so to get two early wins would be great. As you see, when we score, we’re all together and, when we concede, we’re all together. It’s so important. We’ve got a great group here and the team spirit is a massive part of it

[ADO Den Haag’s ground, the venue for Thursday’s game, has an artificial pitch but James does not think playing on such a surface would be any excuse for a poor performance] All the boys played on them growing up. It’s going to be a different test, obviously, as playing abroad is always hard. It’s different to play in the Premier League but it’s one we’re looking forward to and are going to be ready for. I think the surfaces [synthetic and grass] are similar really. It’s a bit harder than normal grass but the ball moves the same on it. It’s something the boys know they can’t do anything about and it’s not something we’re going to let get into our heads

2019 10 05 Retrieve

[Daniel James says he would be happy to play as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s No.9 if Manchester United’s attacking problems demand it] I played more on the left at Swansea but up front and on the right too. It’s important to be versatile in all three positions because you never know when you need to be called upon. We might have an injured no.9 and I might need to go to play up there, so I need to be ready to play in all three roles. I do enjoy coming inside from the left. I can go down the line and cross with my left, or go inside but, for now, I think it’s just about sometimes scoring a few by coming inside means people are going to be wary of that. So it’s about mixing my game up.

[James having scored three goals so far in England’s top flight] I think you have to [keep the same style]. Most people told me when I signed here: ‘Just be yourself, otherwise there’s no point. You’re here for a reason’. So I wouldn’t change the way I played. I think me being the player who, every time I get the ball, I’m driving; that’s my game and is something I won’t stop

2019 10 06 Retrieve

[Daniel James says he wants to play for Manchester United for his entire career] I wanted to play as many games as I could but didn’t think it would happen so quickly. I still don’t believe I’m a Manchester United player, it’s the stuff you dream of. Even though I’m in the changing room and I know I am, you still have to pinch yourself every night that you can say you’re a Manchester United player. To play here is an honour that I’ll grasp every game. I’ve started better than I thought I would

[Despite the team’s struggles, James’s enthusiasm for the club hasn’t been dulled] This club is amazing. Coming out at the Theatre of Dreams is unbelievable. I’ll always love it and never get used to the sound of the fans. I want to be at the club my whole career. When I see scarves or shirts, I think: ‘Why have they got my name on? They could have Pogba or Rashford or Lingard’. When people ask for pictures, I’ll think: ‘You don’t want one of me, you want one with them’

The way Hazard was at Chelsea - his movement in behind, when to go and when to stay - he’s so quick, but the way he stops people and goes, and little one-twos, getting shots off quickly is something he’s done his whole career. Getting in the box for tap-ins is something I need to improve on. When Hazard does a one-two you can’t get anywhere near him. When I was younger, people said to me you won’t always be able to rely on speed. I used to just kick it past players and run - but nowadays that won’t happen, especially when people bank up on me

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 10 13 Retrieve

[Manchester United winger Daniel James says he was not knocked out in Wales’ 1-1 Euro 2020 qualifying draw with Croatia on Sunday evening] [I’m] fine. He caught me in the head. I didn’t get knocked out. We knew it was going to be tough. It was a quick turnaround. We started well, although we conceded. To get the goal back showed character. There were a few tackles flying in but you expect that in these games. We’ve shown what a great team we are. It was about bouncing back

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