Scott McTominay has explained how Daniel James’ first goal for Manchester United was “one of the happiest” times he’s been on a football pitch.
The 21-year-old Welsh forward, who joined from boyhood club Swansea City in the summer, came on for the final 16 minutes in United’s season opener against Chelsea.
Man Utd by then were 3-0 up against Frank Lampard’s men, but would grab one more goal through James, whose effort came just seven minutes after his introduction.
It was an emotional moment for the Kingston upon Hull-born footballer as he lost his father just a couple of weeks before signing for the Red Devils.
Since relocating to Old Trafford he’s struck a close friendship with McTominay, both young British talents and similar in age, with the latter – playing the full 90 minutes – delighted for his new friend, whom he’s described as having a “close bond” with, believing his goal could be the start of something special.
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“I’ve had a really close bond with him since he’s come to the club,” he told BBC Sport.
“I was so, so pleased for him. That was probably one of the happiest I’ve been on a football pitch, seeing one of my pals score his first goal for the club because I was just made up for him.
“When I got home, I sent him a little text and said well done. He deserves it, he’s such a hard-working lad, but he knows it’s only the start.
“He says it’s not just one goal that can be big for you, it’s getting 50, 100, and he’s very capable of that. As you’re seeing he’s done really well at the start of his Man United career.”
How big a role could James play for Man Utd this season? Five things to know…
- Daniel James became Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first signing as Man Utd boss.
- He relocated from boyhood club Swansea City for a reported £18m.
- James previously made 39 senior appearances for the Swans, registering six goals and creating a further ten.
- He made his Man Utd debut against Chelsea, scoring after coming on seven minutes earlier.
- James is expected to initially provide wing cover for the Red Devils, but is very much competing for a spot.