Man Utd fans slam Daniel James after disastrous performance against Aston Villa

After joining for just £15m from Championship side Swansea in the summer, Daniel James has hit the ground running at Manchester United. The Wales international’s arrival at the club was arguably overshadowed by the likes of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire signing in deals worth more than £100m combined.

But the winger has ensured that he has not been left out of the topic of conversation, quickly establishing himself as a permanent fixture in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. He has already made 18 appearances across all competitions, and has netted three times and provided a further four assists too.

However, in Sunday afternoon’s Premier League clash against Aston Villa, the 22-year-old produced one of his worst displays in a United shirt so far. The former Swansea made struggled to get into the game, and was well marshalled by Matt Targett down the right-hand side for the Red Devils.

As per Sofascore, he lost possession 18 times over the course of the game, whilst he also appeared to be overawed by the physical contest of his battle with the Villa defence, winning just one of his ten total duels. The Welshman’s searing pace means he thrives in games where there is plenty of space to run into, but Dean Smith’s side’s compactness ensured he could not exploit that – a fact United fans felt seriously limited just how effective James could be in general.

And with reports in recent weeks and months suggesting Borussia Dortmund sensation Jadon Sancho is on the club’s radar for a potential move to Old Trafford, United fans pointed to James’ display against Villa as more reason why they desperately needed to secure the services of the England international.

Some Red Devils fans felt James should be confined to coming off the bench and as an impact player, and felt he didn’t have the required quality to be a starting winger for the side.

With a busy schedule ahead of the January transfer window opening, it will be very interesting to see whether Solskjaer feels as strongly as some United fans in either benching James, or potentially bringing in a superstar like Sancho to take his place.

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