Dan James lauds ‘unbelievable’ rival aiming to move ahead of him at Man Utd

Date published: Wednesday 24th February 2021 11:07 - Matthew Briggs

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Daniel James says Manchester United new boy Amad Diallo has been “unbelievable” in training and highlighted his ability to press.

Diallo has made just one appearance so far for United after arriving from Atalanta in January for a fee which could hit £37m.

He was a seven-minute substitute in the recent win over Real Socidead after being integrated into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team squad.

Diallo, 18, has also made the bench twice, including in the recent 2-0 win over Newcastle in the Premier League.

Solskjaer has been delighted with the player’s progress, who hit the ground running with United’s U23s scoring twice in a win over Liverpool.

And James, who is a rival for place in United’s three-pronged attack, has been hugely impressed with the youngster.

“Amad has come in and, as a young lad, he’s been unbelievable in training,” James told the club’s official website.

“I mean his professionalism [is very good] and he’s settled in straight away, I’d say, do you know what I mean?

“We see his quality in training, he has unbelievable feet, but we’ve seen he also presses well and wins the ball back, which is exactly what we want.”

 

 

James himself has struggled for game time this season with competition for attacking places fierce.

The former Swansea man has made just six Premier League starts this season, but he has scored in his last two appearances. From the left wing against Southampton and the right wing against Newcastle.

He has conceded that things have not gone quite to plan for him.

READ MORE: Pundit hails ‘real talent’ Amad Diallo

“There were moments last season where I maybe wasn’t performing as I wanted to,” he added.

“I think this season I’ve just reflected on that and just done everything I can and worked as hard as I can on the training ground.

“I kind of lost my way for a bit, wasn’t playing the same as I did at the start of last season so that’s what I had to look at.”

Dybala transfer could happen

Meanwhile, Paulo Dybala, previously targeted by Manchester United and Tottenham, could be on the move this summer after a frustrating season in Italy.

Juventus’ Dybala has made nearly 250 appearances for the Old Lady, scoring 98 goals. He has a been a key figure in their side since joining in 2015, helping them win the league in each of his seasons there.

He did come close to leaving two years ago, but a move to Tottenham failed to materialise. Manchester United are also understood to have attempted to lure him to Old Trafford.

Now, his future has been thrown into further doubt after a Juventus chief admitted contract renewal talks are far from advanced.

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