Danny Mills says that he is stunned by Dan James’ emergence as a star player for Manchester United and that it “speaks volumes” about the state of the Premier League giants this season.
The former Manchester City and England defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the Red Devils would have used the 21-year-old sparingly in the past but that their “dire situation” means he is getting significantly more game time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
James has been a mainstay at Old Trafford since his move from Swansea City, appearing in all but one of the Red Devils’ games across all competitions, including seven starts from eight matches in the Premier League.
With the young winger having impressed during what has been a disappointing season for Manchester United, Mills says that James can be proud of his performances but that his game time is a sign of how far the Premier League giants have fallen.
Asked who could hold their head high this season, Bent told Football Insider: “Dan James is probably the only one where you look at him, he’s almost become the main man at Manchester United.
“The new kid on the block, you’d usually you’d get 10 minutes off the bench, 20 minutes off the bench, a start in the cup, maybe a start in the league, back on the bench for two or three games – that’s the way Manchester United used to be with young players in the squad.
“Suddenly now he’s almost the first name on the team sheet and he’s the go-to guy to create chances score goals and score goals. That speaks volumes about Manchester United and the dire situation Manchester United are in.”
James joined the Red Devils after scoring five goals and contributing 10 assists for Swansea last season, going on to net three times in his opening four league games for the Premier League giants.
He has also emerged as a mainstay for the Welsh national side with six caps and two goals for his country.