Daniel James says the European Championship can help him and his Manchester United teammates get over the Europa League final.

United missed out on the first silverware of the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer era after losing 11-10 on penalties to Villarreal.

James, an extra time substitute, stepped up and scored his penalty in the agonising shooutout.

He told Sky Sports that having a major tournament to look forward to with Wales can help him move forward from that defeat.

Villarreal CF v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final
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“It was gutting for all of us really but, for me and a lot of the other players, it’s not the end of our season,” he said. In football you just have to get back up and get on with it.

“Thankfully we don’t have to wait until next season to do that, we can go into the Euros and a different environment and look forward to getting back out on the pitch.”

“(The penalty) went fine but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was a little bit nervous. I was confident to go and step up, you have to put yourself in those moments because it’s going to happen in your career.


“You have to put yourself forward. Thankfully it went in the back of the net and it could be (useful) at the Euros.”

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James could be set for a big summer

James is a squad player for United but is a major part of the Wales side looking to make a splash this summer.

He could be deployed on either flank or even through the middle if Rob Page opts to use his pace in that way, for a more counter-attacking style.

James got on late on in a game he called the biggest of his career in Gdansk and there could be some exciting matches to come this summer.

Wales reached the semi-finals in 2016 and if they are to cause a similar surprise this time, James will be a big part of it.

That would be the ideal way for him to get over missing out on the first major trophy of his career.

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