Manchester United are unlikely to loan out Daniel James even if Jadon Sancho arrives, Sky Sports reporter James Cooper believes. The Wales international was signed from Swansea back in the summer after the club gave up on Sancho. And Cooper can’t see the 22-year-old leaving Old Trafford temporarily, even if competition for places increases.
Manchester United have seen James impress this season, with the Wales international scoring three Premier League goals and registering three assists.
Despite that, though, the Red Devils want to sign Sancho from Borussia Dortmund when the transfer window reopens.
United are growing increasingly confident of signing the England international at the end of the campaign and are ready to make him their next poster boy.
But Cooper can’t see James going out on loan – even if Sancho touches down at Old Trafford.
“I think with Daniel James, his development as a player will be the foremost consideration in what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decides to do with him next season,” he said.
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“But I really don’t think there’s a need to loan him out for him to progress.
“We all saw the signs of raw talent at the start of the season when arguably he was the only thing for Manchester United fans to get excited about on the back of three goals in his first four games for the club.
“He was never envisaged as being a first-team regular in only his second season as a professional and I bet right now Daniel James is really getting the benefit of this extended mid-season break as he looked worn out before football was paused.
“As a player and a person the Welshman’s had a lot to contend with this season, but imagine how much he could learn from someone like Jadon Sancho!”
On Sancho himself, Cooper added: “Manchester United like Jadon Sancho very much and he fits the bill too when it comes to being young, English, exciting and fundamentally someone who could strengthen and fill a position that needs to be properly filled.
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“If you think about the prospect of Rashford, Martial and Sancho as a front three with Bruno Fernandes providing the passes and vision behind them, it starts to look a bit more exciting and you can understand why someone like Sancho answers so many questions.
“The transfer fee and salary wouldn’t be a problem for Manchester United and when you throw in his friendship with Marcus Rashford it appears to be a deal that has all the ingredients to happen.
“Before anyone gets carried away, though, one note of caution is we don’t know how this next transfer window will look or how clubs will behave.
“However, before coronavirus struck, Jadon Sancho would have been top of Manchester United’s target list.”
Meanwhile, speaking recently, James opened up on the players at United.
And he revealed himself, Marcus Rashford and Diogo Dalot were the fastest players on the club’s books.
“It would be me, Diogo [Dalot] and Marcus [Rashford],” the 22-year-old said.
“I’ve not seen him full sprint, we’d have a good race I think.
“Aaron [Wan-Bissaka] is very quick, I don’t think people realise how quick he is but [Diogo] is rapid.
“I don’t think you’ve probably seen it as much.”
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