Gary Neville outlines why Daniel James’ Leeds United transfer is a ‘win-win’

Gary Neville claimed that it was very important for Dan James to go in search of first-team football as he confirmed his deadline day move to Leeds United.

The Wales international’s departure from Manchester United, which was understood to have cost in the region of £25m, was announced with just hours left of the transfer window.

He was deemed surplus to requirements for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following the re-arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo after 12 years away from the Premier League.

Neville admitted to Sky Sports News that the move will be perfect for James who needs regular game time.

“It’s really good for Dan James,” he said. “It’s one of those where this is a win-win.

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“He came to [Manchester] United and always did his very best, he was a massive threat on the counter-attack, but United have a lot of players in those areas.

“It’s really important for young players to go and play, and Leeds have always wanted him. They wanted him the first time round when United got him instead.

“He’ll suit the way they play with such pace on the counter-attack. He’ll love it there, the crowd’s a big crowd, a club that demands a lot.

“It’s a good thing for United to get the money they did, and good for Dan to further his career at a good club.”

It only emerged with a couple of days left of the window that James would be allowed to leave Old Trafford this summer but some of his team mates saw plenty more speculation regarding their future.

One of those players was Jesse Lingard who was regularly linked with a move to West Ham following his successful loan spell in the capital at the back end of last season.

Neville was frustrated that the England midfielder did not replicate James’ decision by seeking regular first-team involvement elsewhere.

“I’m disappointed Jesse Lingard hasn’t left,” said the eight-time Premier League winner. “He’ll get a few games but I think he had something going at West Ham that meant he was standing up as a really good player and to go back into being a squad player again, it’s disappointing.

“Sometimes you need to fly the nest and go.”

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