Manchester United have wanted a player in the right wings for a long time now but it has never seemed to be a natural position for any player.
While Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard are more suited as central midfielders, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young were transformed into the full-backs as time passed.
Marcus Rashford is at the top of his game right now proving to be the best-left winger at Manchester United, and thus Daniel James will be forced to adjust to the current situation on the right flank if he wants to stay in the side.
This is how he can go try to achieve it.
James would like to play in the left-wing
According to report published in the Metro, James said :
For me that left position was always my favourite but I like being versatile and playing anywhere across the front three providing I’m in the team.
It’s important you’ve got to play all three and our forward players can play that. It’s good to play all three.
Most of the goals that James scored early in his Manchester United and international career were from the left. The best example could the goals he scored against Southampton and the one he scored for Wales against Azerbaijan showing he can be really dangerous cutting in from that flank and going for goal.
The only problem for the youngster is while he hasn’t scored since August, Marcus Rashford has been devastating down the left for club and country in recent months.
Can James adjust himself down the right flank?
Solskjaer praised James the ‘best in the world’ in terms of doing his defensive work (Mirror) and he will need that diligence to fit into United’s counter-attacking gameplan and also provide balance to Rashford’s more adventurous positioning on the left.
James’ assist for Brandon Williams’ goal against Sheffield United is a perfect example of what he can do going down the outside; burning a defender for pace from a slow start before delivering a pinpoint delivery.
But he hasn’t been doing that enough. James needs to hit the byline more often and deliver quality into the box to ensure promising positions don’t continue to go to waste.
A goal would also go a long way, and arriving at the back post at the right time to get tap-ins is an art form he needs to master on the right. Just as Raheem Sterling has done across town and he was a far worse finisher when he joined Manchester City than James is now.
James’ desire to work hard and make himself a United regular mean he will relish his new role.
There’s a real opportunity to establish himself in a position where United have typically had elite talent but has been left to rot in recent seasons.
And if he makes a real success of it, the number seven shirt remains free…