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Daniel James is a “scary” bench option for Man Utd, says Owen Hargreaves

By Steve Jennings

Published: 12:18, 15 August 2019

Owen Hargreaves believes Daniel James’ “scary” pace makes him an ideal substitute option for Manchester United this season.

James came off the bench to score United’s fourth goal against Chelsea on his debut at Old Trafford in a 4-0 victory for the hosts.

Daniel James’ dream debut: Five key things to know…

  • James joined United from Swansea City in June, signing a five-year contract.
  • He made his competitive debut from the bench against Chelsea.
  • The Welshman put United 4-0 with a deflected strike.
  • There was plenty of emotion in James’ celebration – the winger lost his father prior to his transfer.
  • Owen Hargreaves believes James’ “scary” pace makes him an ideal option from the bench.

Marcus Rashford’s brace and an Anthony Martial strike put United three goals ahead in what had been a relatively even match up to that point.

James completed the rout with a deflected shot into the bottom corner, following the goal up with an emotional celebration having lost his father shortly before his transfer.

And Hargreaves, who made 39 appearances during an injury-hit stint with United, thinks James can make the difference from the bench this term.

“What a moment for the young man,” Hargreaves said.

“Signing for Man United, everything that’s happened within his family, you could see what it meant to him with his celebration.

“Obviously he was very emotional, but that’s a massive moment for him.

“Off the bench his pace is scary.”

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Maguire and Wan-Bissaka impress Hargreaves

Hargreaves was impressed by United’s two other new signings, Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

The duo, also making their debuts, looked solid at the back, helping Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side keep a clean sheet and thwart some dangerous Chelsea attacks.

Hargreaves added: “The two best players were Maguire and Wan-Bissaka.

“Clean sheet, they didn’t have many of those last season.

“So I think for the fans that’s as good a start as you could have hoped for.

“I think going into the game, even Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would have been slightly worried about what place is Man United going to finish.

“That gets them off to a brilliant start.”

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