Manchester United’s move for Dan James looks quite underwhelming on the face of it. However, the young Welsh winger is one of the most electric young talents in the Championship and he’s got a lot to offer the Red Devils.
It’s not what the player would bring to Man United that is worth getting excited about, though, but the way the club is operating by moving for him. Signing young British talents is a throwback to the days of Sir Alex Ferguson, and James should be an amazing addition if he gets game time.
Whilst the Manchester United – Dan James saga has been going on for a while now, it looks like in the next few days the Welshman will be officially confirmed as a permanent addition at Old Trafford. Sky Sports News have claimed he’s set to undergo a medical at the club, and this one is very close.
This would make the Welshman Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first signing at Manchester United, and what an honour that is for the impressive young wideman. It’s hardly a bank-breaking deal for the Reds Devils either, as it’s reportedly a move that will set the club back just £15m, possibly rising to £18m.
Aforementioned, this is a signing that reeks of the old days at the club. Despite having a few years of spending big money under the likes of Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho, Solskjaer is reading straight from the Ferguson managerial handbook.
In the last five years, United have spent huge money on Angel Di Maria (BBC), Paul Pogba (BBC), Romelu Lukaku (BBC), Fred (BBC) and Nemanja Matic (BBC). The sums of those five transfers equate to a mind-blowing £310.7m, so to see a move for a young winger like James is very refreshing.
When Ferguson was at the club, we all saw how youth took precedence at Old Trafford. The Red Devils used to love seeing young players come through, and they still do with Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and Scott McTominay, but bringing in youth from elsewhere and building the club the right way is key.
Solskjaer is very much regimented into the Ferguson way of doing things, which will come as no surprise seeing as he played under the famous Scotsman for 11 years. Whoever Solskjaer models himself on though, seeing youth being prioritised is a massive boost for the fans and they’ll surely be hoping that more signings like James come in.