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Who is Daniel James? Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first signing as Manchester United boss

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Today we’ve prepared an in-depth profile analysis of Manchester United’s first addition this summer, the 21-year old Daniel James.

Daniel James became Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first signing as a manager of Manchester United, as the Welshman completed his move from Swansea City to Old Trafford in a £15m transfer deal.

Born in Kingston upon Hull on 10 November 1997, James started his career in football, joining the football academy of his hometown club Hull City at the age of eight.

He spent eight years in Hull CIty’s youth ranks, before moving to Swansea City back in 2014. James really impressed for the Swansea U23 side in the 2016-17 season, as the team gained promotion to the PDL Division 1, winning the league with an 11-point margin.

In October 2016 he was named on the bench in a Premier League game against Stoke City, but made his Swansea first-team debut in February 2018 as a late substitute, scoring in the 82nd minute of an 8–1 FA Cup victory over Notts County.

James became a regular during the 2018-19 campaign, making a total of 38 appearances for the club across all competitions. He scored five goals and provided 10 assists in his debut season as a first team player and won the Swansea City Best Newcomer of the Year award at the end of the last season.

The winger, although born in England, is of Welsh descent and chose to represent the Dragons at an international level. He played for different age levels of the Welsh national team, before receiving the first senior call up or the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying game against Serbia in 2017 by then manager Chris Coleman.

However, James’ debut for the national team came in October 2018 under both Welsh and Manchester United legend, Ryan Giggs. He scored his first goal for the Dragons in his competitive debut, netting the only goal in a European Qualifiers game against Slovakia.

There is no doubt that the current manager of the Wales National Team also played a vital role in Daniel James’ move to Old Trafford. The greatest Manchester United player of all time and former teammate of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Ryan Giggs must have seen something in the 21-year old boy and recommended him to the Red Devils board.

“First of all, his best attribute is his speed. I mean, I’ve probably not seen anyone as quick as him in my whole career,” Giggs said via MEN. “That’s a big shout because obviously I’ve played [with] and played against quick players.

“He can play a number of positions – anywhere across the front three, really – and, this year, he’s played quite a bit for Swansea up front, which he’s not done a lot of in the past, but he’s looked comfortable.

“He’s a nightmare for defenders. He’s not that big, so it’s hard to get your arm across him. He’s both-footed, can score goals, create goals.”

This statement from Ryan Giggs pretty much sums up Daniel James’ qualities as a football player. What do you think about the 21-year old Welshman? Will he succeed at Manchester United? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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