Rio Ferdinand has claimed Daniel James was "never Manchester United standard" after the Welshman completed his £25m transfer to Leeds United on transfer deadline day.
The 23-year-old spent two and a half years at Old Trafford but never really managed to cement a place in the Red Devils' starting XI, and Ferdinand believes his transfer will prove beneficial to all concerned.
Ferdinand told his FIVE YouTube channel of James' move to West Yorkshire: "They’ve been on him for ages, they’ve wanted this boy for time. Listen, Dan James, I don’t think he’s Man Utd standard, but he’s definitely Premier League standard and the way Leeds play, he’s going to be a problem for a few teams.
"The kid in that team will be getting the ball and getting forward quick, and that suits his game. When you have to break down two banks of four like Man Utd that doesn’t suit James’ game, he likes space. Leeds United for Dan James will be a fantastic move for both parties."
James himself admitted that he wasn't always quite himself during his time at Old Trafford. “I think everyone goes through part of their career where you don’t realise something is happening until you look back and have good people around you to analyse that,” he told The Telegraph.
“I started thinking, ‘What does he do that I can do?’ rather than thinking just about my game and being myself. It got to the point where I was being a bit safe in games. I got bought for my direct play, running in behind, running with the ball, trying things and not being afraid to lose the ball but slowly I started to come away from that and play a little safe.
“When I stepped back it was remembering to be direct, to be that person. Safe is dangerous in the position I play. You’re not there to do that - you’re there to score goals and make assists and run yourself into the ground on and off the ball.”