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Manchester United winger Daniel James could be better off leaving the club in January in order to get regular first-team football, according to former Red Devils right-back Danny Simpson. James, 23, has started five of United’s 14 Premier League games so far this season. Two of those starts came in the last two matches against Leeds United and Leicester.
Wales star James scored in the 6-2 win over Leeds last weekend, registering his first Premier League goal in over a year.
But despite being named in the starting XI for back-to-back league games, Simpson reckons James should leave Old Trafford next month.
Reports claim struggling West Brom have entered the race for the winger, with Leeds, Brighton and Burnley all rumoured to be interested.
“For me I don’t think he’s quite good enough for a Man United team that wants to go and win the Premier League,” Simpson told Stadium Astro.
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“When he first came in he broke into the team at Man United and he was scoring goals and he started really well.
“But it just doesn’t seem to be happening for him.
“He sometimes looks a little bit lost when he’s on the pitch. Whether that’s his confidence, I’m not too sure.
“Maybe he prefers to play on the left wing instead of the right wing.
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“But we keep hearing rumours that he keeps getting linked to Leeds in January and these rumours don’t come from nowhere.
“Maybe it could be time to go and play football week in, week out, instead of playing one game out of every four or five which it looks like he’s not that type of player, he probably needs to play every game to build up his confidence and to show what he can do.”
Following the demolition of Leeds, United legend Roy Keane described how James’ goal would have been a huge relief for him.
“He’s had a tough time. A tough time since he’s come to United,” Keane told Sky Sports.
“I think he started off his career at United very, very well. He’s had a tough few months. Again, credit to Ole. He probably thought this will be his type of game – it’s going to be open.
“I can always tell by a player’s face when a ball goes in. Again he’s running forward, he’s nice and brave. Going to Man United was a big move for him.
“Look at his face [after scoring] and it meant a lot to the kid. And I’m delighted for the kid.
“Listen, playing for Man United is not as easy as everyone thinks – there’s lots of pressure. It was a big relief for him.”
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