New Contract: How Rashford’s Surgery Could Impact Daniel James’ Future At United

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates with Daniel James.

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Daniel James will get another season to nail down his place at Old Trafford due to Marcus Rashford’s surgery.

Rashford took the decision to undergo surgery on his shoulder next week after meeting with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Thursday. As a result, he will be out for up to 12 weeks, missing out the opening two months of the new Premier League season.

James, who fell further down the pecking order following Jadon Sancho’s arrival, was viewed as the most likely casualty of the transfer. But he could now end up staying at United despite interest from multiple English clubs.

As per the Sun, with Rashford not available until October, Solskjaer is now reluctant to let the Welshman go. Further, the Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion target might be handed a new contract, so that he remains happy with his squad-player role at Carrington.

Nevertheless, even in the absence of Rashford, James is unlikely to be a first-choice option for the left-wing.

Sancho has played on the left several times for his former club Borussia Dortmund, and is more than capable to fill Rashford’s void. Meanwhile, Mason Greenwood could continue on the right.

But due to his versatility and work-rate, accompanied by pace to threaten any opponent on counter, the Wales international has always managed to earn his way into Solskjaer’s lineup and will be an important asset if he stays for another season.