Manchester United players have been struck by Daniel James’ performances during his first week of pre-season training.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said last week James, 21, ‘set the standard’ at United’s Carrington training complex last week and a dressing room source has told the MEN the United players were taken aback by how good James was.
“He was in great condition and no one can lay a finger on him,” the source said.
Last week, Solskjaer said of the new signings to MUTV: “They’ve been great when I’ve spoken to them.
“It’s about them coming in, being themselves and showing that they’re here to take the places of the other players, which makes a competition for places, which will then spur their teammates, to be fair, to push their game.
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“Daniel has already set the marker and the standard on work-rate and attitude in training. Whoever you’re going to speak to later on, if you ask about him then it’s been a delight to see.”
James arrived at Carrington last Tuesday – a day after the bulk of the squad – and is in line for a first United appearance in their pre-season tour opener against Perth Glory on Saturday.
United fought off competition from Brighton to sign James from Swansea for £15million, rising to £18m, last month having also received glowing scouting reports from his Wales coach Ryan Giggs.
James is hitherto United’s only attacking addition of a summer transfer window that threatens to be overshadowed by Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku, whom both wish to leave. Pogba and Lukaku have travelled to Australia and Solskjaer is expected to address their futures at a press conference on Wednesday.