Daniel James Is Man United’s Most Influential Player So Far This Season

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Rio Ferdinand has dubbed Daniel James as Manchester United’s most influential player so far this season.

Out of the three signings that arrived at Old Trafford in the summer, the former Swansea City man boasted of the lowest profile. And yet, he appears to have made the biggest and most consistent impact at the Manchester outfit.

Apart from bagging three goals in his first four appearances for the Red Devils, the 21-year-old has also shown glimpses of his sheer potential.

His displays so far have earned him praises from not only the club’s huge fan-base, but also its legends, including decorated centre-back Rio Ferdinand.


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The ex-England defender, in a recent interview with TalkSPORT, stated: “I don’t think they [United] expected what they have got from Daniel James so early on in his Manchester United career.

“He’s probably been their most influential player so far, so what does that really say about that squad? You’re buying someone from Swansea who was probably brought in as someone who is going to flourish at a later date.


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“However, he’s been forced to the forefront as their main man in the team at the moment. That really says where Manchester United are at this minute in time.”

Then speaking about whether or not Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be sacked by United, Rio added: “I don’t think this is the time for knee-jerk reactions. When you’re giving someone millions of pounds to spend money on to affect the squad, it doesn’t seem right to change that right away.

“It’s just throwing another regime out of the window and starting again and that’s happened far too often in recent years at United because of results and what not.”