Having arrived in a £15m deal from Championship side Swansea, Daniel James has enjoyed an impressive debut campaign thus far for Manchester United.
The Wales international has scored three goals and provided a further seven assists in 27 games across all competitions, but against Wolves in the FA Cup third round replay on Wednesday evening, he was nowhere near his best.
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As per Sofascore, the winger received a 6.1 match rating, the worst of any player in a United shirt on the night. And when looking at the underlying numbers, it is easy to see why. The former Swansea man missed two big chances, completed just one of his four attempted crosses, and lost possession 11 times.
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After seeing his performance, United fans took to Twitter to voice their thoughts on their summer signing, with many simply insisting that he has nothing else to offer other than his pace.
If Daniel James didn’t have pace he’d be working at Marks and Spencer’s
— AndyRobertsLUHG (@AndyRobUnited) 15 January 2020
James is such a championship player, offers nothing more than pace.
— 神 w օ Ӏ f ɢ a η ɢ (@Gaeist) 15 January 2020
Dan james is just bang average man only thing he’s got about him is pace final ball is tragic
— Davey (@IDxvey) 15 January 2020
Some fans criticised his finishing skills in particular, with one supporter in particular labelling that aspect of his game as “utterly woeful”.
Daniel James makes prime Nani look consistent. Lad needs to find the finishing product or he’s gonna end up as the next Lingard.
— Uday (@MUday__3) 15 January 2020
Daniel James is all pace and that’s it about now. Really needs to work on his finishing because it is utterly woeful. #mufc
— Hesham Bilal-Hafiz (@hesham786) 15 January 2020
I’ve seen the light
Daniel James has nothing but pace and dribbling , can’t pass can’t shoot.
— wigglydave back from the dead (@wigglydave1) 15 January 2020
A few supporters of the Manchester side drew comparisons with former United man, Antonio Valencia, who left the club last summer.
Afraid James is the Welsh Valencia
— Sam (@SamLui17) 15 January 2020
James reminds of Valencia tremendous pace, energy, physically can take care & zero crossing ability.
— Karthik Jate (@KarthikJate) 15 January 2020
Dan James moving like a old Valencia
— Killy Killy. (@courtenaycourts) 15 January 2020
Still only 22, and only in his first campaign at United, there are bound to be peaks and troughs with someone like James. His performances overall to date have been mightily impressive, registering six assists in the Premier League alone. His 64 minutes against Wolves should be seen as bit of a blip, and an expected one at that. Fans of the Red Devils would do well not to judge him too harshly.