Scouting Report: United starlet James makes big strides at PNE

Manchester United versatile midfielder Matt James is beginning to find his feet at Championship side Preston North End.

The youngster signed for Preston North End on a loan deal till the end of the season in February and has impressed manager Darren Ferguson. Matt James is the second loan signing by the Championship side from Manchester United. With the family connections in manager Sir Alex Ferguson, son Darren had also loaned the highly rated Danny Welbeck until the end of the season. This deal looks to be over though with Welbeck gaining a serious injury.

The midfielder told Sky Sports upon his loan deal ‘It’s great coming from playing reserves to playing in the Championship, it’s a massive step but I feel that I am ready for it and the manager and the management at Old Trafford feel that I am ready for it as well,’ What is clear is that Matt James does have some real talent. He made his first appearance for Manchester United’s under 18’s side aged only 14. He became a regular fixture in the reserve side last season and was given his a full professional contract in July this year.

The youngster has most certainly taken the opportunity with Darren Ferguson wishing to make a deal with Manchester United for a permanent transfer. He told the Lancashire Evening Post ‘Bringing Matty back is a conversation I’ll have to have with my old man. I would be keen on bringing him here full-stop but I’ll have to see how he fits into their plans. He’s only a kid but I’ve been really impressed with him.’ With ten appearances for the club already and two goals to his name, the starlet has been taken to the Preston North End fans hearts. He can play anywhere across the midfield and even switch to the back if required.

It remains to be seen whether Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will allow Matt James to make the move. He has been performing beyond what the Old Trafford coaching staff even expected and a deal may be struck to allow the player to stay another season at Preston North End.

What is obvious is that Matt James is one Manchester United fans should keep their eye on. Another local lad from Bicup, The Lancashire born talent is capable of great things at Old Trafford.

Check out this video of his scorcher for Manchester United reserves against Preston North End

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