Daniel James keen to reignite Wales’ Euro 2020 hopes after tricky Man Utd spell

7 October 2019

Daniel James is determined to respond to a difficult time for Manchester United by improving Wales’ Euro 2020 qualification hopes.

United have made their worst start to a top-flight campaign for 30 years after picking up only nine points from their opening eight games.

Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at Newcastle – who started the day only one place off the bottom of the table – left Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side just two points above the relegation zone.

Manchester United’s season suffered another setback with a 1-0 defeat at Newcastle on Sunday (Owen Humphreys/PA)

“It’s important in football to react when things aren’t going so well,” said James, who has been United’s standout performer with three goals since his £15million summer move from Swansea.

“It’s alright when things are going good, but it’s important to deal with things when they are bad.

“It was the same when I was at Swansea and things weren’t going so well. I’ve always dealt with it exactly the same.

“I’ve had a good start personally (at United) and I’m enjoying my football. It’s about taking that into playing for Wales as well.”

James has had a meteoric rise from Swansea bit-part player to United first-team regular in the last 12 months.

The 21-year-old scored the winner on his first Wales start in March – against Thursday’s Euro 2020 qualifying opponents Slovakia – and there is expectation on him now to deliver both at club and international level.

But James says he can handle the huge pressure that comes with being in the United spotlight as well as a fully-fledged international.

“If you’d said a year ago what was going to happen to me I’d have said ‘Don’t be silly’,” James added ahead of the Group E qualifier in Trnava.

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