Daniel James 'Not Considering' Man Utd Exit Despite Lack of Game Time

Robbie Copeland
Dec 20, 2020, 11:15 AM GMT
James wants to fight for his place
James wants to fight for his place | Michael Regan/Getty Images

Daniel James isn't thought to be open to leaving Manchester United in January, preferring to stay and fight for his place under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer until at least the summer.

James is becoming something of a forgotten figure at Old Trafford, having last featured in the Premier League in October's 0-0 draw with Chelsea. He's started just four matches in all competitions and has played more minutes for Wales this season than he has United.

His lack of action has led to understandable speculation over his future, with Leeds - who famously came within a whisker of signing him before United swooped in 2019 - once again in the frame.

But the Manchester Evening News say the winger is 'committed' to remaining in Manchester beyond the end of January and is keen to regain his spot.

The MEN also credit Everton with an interest in signing the 23-year-old, and a loan to Brighton has been touted elsewhere. But it's said he is 'enjoying life' under Solskjaer despite his lack of football and will rebuff any offers that come his way.

He will hope to feature at some stage against Leeds on Sunday, although it seems Solskjaer has found a winning formula that doesn't include him. Since James last featured in the Premier League, United have won five of their seven matches and are being talked about tentatively as one of many title challengers.

Their win at Sheffield United last weekend was their seventh league victory of the season and they sit in seventh, level on points with neighbours Manchester City despite having played a game fewer than their neighbours. Victory in both games in hand they hold over leaders Liverpool would put them within two points of top spot.

They face a tricky run in the weeks ahead that could tell us a lot about their title credentials - and indeed James' standing within the squad. Their clash with Leeds is followed by a Carabao Cup trip to Everton, before they face Leicester and Wolves in the league over the festive period.