Manchester United winger Daniel James won’t be afraid of some “rough treatment” from the club’s Premier League rivals.
James, who joined United this summer from Swansea City for £15m, was on the receiving end of some nasty challenges during Thursday’s 2-1 International Champions Cup win over Tottenham.
Things got so bad, in fact, that Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino even apologised to United for his team’s behaviour.
But the encounter in China wasn’t the only time this summer that James has been targetted. Inter Milan and Perth Glory had previously adopted somewhat similar tactics to deal with his frightening pace down the wing.
For the 21-year-old, though, it’s nothing new to him after his experience in the Championship with Swansea last season.
“If you watch any of my games from last season I think it’s going to happen to me every game,” said James, according to The Telegraph.
“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.
“No, it doesn’t bother me, not at all. It’s always going to be part of my game. 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.”
Spurs midfielder Moussa Sissoko had actually stamped on James’ chest during a tussle for the ball by the corner flag.
“The Sissoko one, I’ve nipped in just before and he’s fouled me at the edge of the box in a good position, ” said James.
“Part of my game is about winning those fouls and getting in good positions.”
Asked if he gets adequate protection from referees, James replied: “I think I do.
“I’d say in these friendly games [on tour] the refs are a bit more lenient. Maybe refs out here are a bit more lenient than they are back home.
“They don’t want to be handing out red cards. We’ll see when we get back but certainly last year there was a bit of rough treatment.”