Gary Neville has claimed Manchester United made the correct decision to sell Daniel James, as he would have only been a bit-part player under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
James joined Leeds on transfer deadline day after two years in Manchester, where he struggled to maintain a consistent level.
The Welshman was excellent in spurts and began his period at United in excellent form.
However, in a summer where United have added world-class quality in attack with the additions of Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo, James was set to find himself surplus to requirements.
Only six months before joining United, James was set to sign for Leeds but was denied his move to Yorkshire in the 11th-hour after completing a medical. James rejoined Swansea for the second half of the season and was signed by United in 2019.
Marcelo Bielsa, an enduring admirer of the 23-year-old, finally got his man after waiting for over two years. Neville has suggested that James' move to Leeds will benefit the player and his new club.
"I’m really happy that he’s left Manchester United to go to Leeds because I think he would’ve been a bit-part player at best at Manchester United," Neville admitted on Sky Sports.
"They've got so many attacking players, so many forwards. He comes here at Leeds United, they basically go from box-to-box, getting forward and sprinting back, he’s honest as the days long."
James had success against Leeds on several occasions, owing to the high-tempo, breakneck football offers space for him to use his lightning pace.
However, Solskjaer often left James out of fixtures where United would face a low-block, and Neville has suggested the winger needs to become more dynamic in matches with limited space.
"I think the bits of the game he can improve on is the last part. There will be times he has to be against a deep defence, I think that’s somewhere where Dan James sometimes needs to improve and get his game better where it’s a little bit tighter, there isn’t much space to run into, and he’s got lots of players around him.
"There’s parts of his game to improve, but he’s young, he’s enthusiastic, and I think he does suit this Leeds style of play."
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