Daniel James makes a Leeds United vow as he reveals his biggest Man Utd mistake after switching clubs on the 31st of August.
The 23 year old has pledged to become a success at his new side after conceding where he went wrong with life as a Red Devils player.
The Whites finally ended a two-and-a-half-year wait to land James when they paid the Old Trafford outfit £25m for the winger.
He has signed a dotted line on a five-year deal at Elland Road and he has since joked about his 2019 near-miss.
The move to Leeds will give James a fresh start after the likes of former Premier League player Rio Ferdinand questioned his abilities.
The youngster made 74 appearances in all competitions under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, scoring just nine goals and while he made a bright start, he ended up suffering from a lack of confidence under the management of the Norwegian.
Many expect James to shine at Leeds under Marcelo Bielsa, with one pundit even suggesting he could play as a No 8.
However, James knows he’s best on the wing, where his electric pace can damage the opposition with the winger admitting he can’t wait to get going at Leeds.
In a candid interview, he admits he was perhaps guilty of not taking enough risks at Old Trafford and too often playing it safe.
“I think everyone goes through part of their career where you don’t realise something is happening until you look back and have good people around you to analyse that,” he told the Daily Telegraph.
“I started thinking, ‘What does he do that I can do?’ rather than thinking just about my game and being myself. It got to the point where I was being a bit safe in games.
“I got bought for my direct play, running in behind, running with the ball, trying things and not being afraid to lose the ball but slowly I started to come away from that and play a little safe.
“When I stepped back it was remembering to be direct, to be that person. Safe is dangerous in the position I play.
“You’re not there to do that – you’re there to score goals and make assists and run yourself into the ground on and off the ball.”
One man who won’t miss James at Old Trafford is Ferdinand, who has explained why the Wales international is not up to Man Utd’s standards.
When asked about his move, Ferdinand said on his YouTube channel: “They’ve [Leeds] been on him for ages, they’ve wanted this boy for time.
“Listen, Dan James, I don’t think he’s Man United standard, but he’s definitely Premier League standard and the way Leeds play, he’s going to be a problem for a few teams.
“The kid in that team will be getting the ball and getting forward quick, and that suits his game.
“When you have to break down two banks of four like Man United that doesn’t suit James’ game, he likes space.
“But yeah, Leeds United for Dan James will be a fantastic move for both parties.”
Before Daniel James makes a Leeds vow as he reveals his biggest Man Utd mistake, Twitter users gave their reaction on his signing…
@DaveDuracell: You’re gonna flourish under Bielsa, he will take you even higher
@MM_Thato: I hope he has a fantastic time. We will miss you Daniel
@PaulOwen5: As a Welsh Leeds fan I am massively pleased you have joined us. I cannot wait to see you play at Elland Road. MOT
@thombo1987: Welcome to the mighty Whites, Dan. Honestly it’s going to be frightening having your pace with Raphinha’s skill set & Harrisons silky feet, pass and movement
@stephenhallmufc: Good luck In your new club @Daniel_James_97 hope you are successful. Thank you for the time at @ManUtd
@GorelickRich: Great that it worked out for you there this time around! Best wishes for much success!
@MauborgneSimon: Welcome aboard, Dan! I’ve got a good feeling about this. Get ready for murder ball and the madness that is our fan base! Good luck!
@GaryBriscoe5: Felt genuinely devastated for you ( and for us !) when it fell through last time .. then you had to endure a couple of years at ‘the other United’ too.. Every cloud has a silver lining though – welcome to Leeds
@chris1985LUFC: Thinks this is a brilliant signing for us. Beilsa will work wonders for this lad I am sure!! #inbielsawetrust #LUFC
@SportingAnalyt1: Leeds finally getting Dan James. Feel his all action playing style will massively suit playing under Biesla and wouldn’t be a surprise to see playing R(W)B at stages
@LiamNUFC98: Who remembers the days when Leeds were in League 1 getting beat by the likes of Hereford now look at them compared to us
@Matharison7: Fantastic news with the signing of Dan James gonna be a great addition to the team #MOT #LUFC @LUFC @andrearadri
@smackmabonzoup: Welcome Dan, finally got your wish signing for a big club like Leeds #lufc
@_LewisStant: CANT WAIT TO SEE HIM PLAY
@nr100ap: Eventually. He’ll be a better player in Lord Bielsa than Ole. Anyone can manager most expensive players in the world.But a real coach brings players on from mid championship to the premiere league level. He’ll b bril As olly Murphy told me in his house u can’t teach a player pace
@Web5ter93: Gutted Dan James has left United and a shame it didn’t work out for him. He always gives 100% and works hard in games. Best of luck at Leeds!
@Ijazuddin97: Whilst his decision making in the final third leaves a lot to be desired at times, you lot however will be getting a player who’s industrious and energetic and I’m sure with regular game time, his final third decision making will improve under Bielsa. Go smash it at Leeds, Dan!
@JasperStephen14: All of Swansea can confirm we’re delighted for you and DJ! We know Bielsa is going to get one hell of a tune out of him and, as Welshies, we can’t wait to reap the rewards!
@miffy0811_a: Massive congratulations and a massive welcome to our club our james. And our orta and radz thanku. You are pure class. 💛💙💛💙👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏
@bethgabriel_: Nobody can ever complain about a transfer being dragged out when ours literally lasted 3 years 😭🤣
FINALLY. You are ours. The best comes to those who wait. Our bielsa will bring out every good classy bit and more. And you will blend so easily into our style of play. Get in our james. 💙💛💙💛💙💛 pic.twitter.com/0b4CMQ9EdJ
— kathy lufc 💛💙always leeds and proud. (@miffy0811_a) August 31, 2021