Dan James says he is working on his game with the coaches and wants to be more assertive and confident.

James has broken back into United’s starting line up over the last couple of months, and now has 15 starts to his name this season.

One of those starts came in the San Siro against AC Milan as United recorded an important 1-0 win.

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James has scored five goals for United this season, and says he has been working hard to develop his shooting, and decisions over when to shoot.

He admitted, that having analysed his performances, there have been games where he has not always got it right.

The Welshman told the club website: “I think there are times where I look back and maybe I’ve gone to pass or not gone for a shot when it’s on.

“I think now, as soon as I’m in a position well, if you don’t shoot, you don’t score. That’s where all the front players have got the confidence to do that.

“There are times I’ve passed it and it’s not been the right decision so I will try to be more selfish, in a good way.”


Working to improve

James’ desire to improve his shooting and be more assertive in his own game is fine, but it can go the other way.

Against AC Milan, James had a chance to play in Mason Greenwood who would have been through on goal, but chose to run at the Milan defence himself and lost possession.

So James still has to refine his game and his decision making, and also grow more confident in his own ability to execute key passes.

One of the reasons James will be looking at his choices to pass instead of shoot as being the wrong decision, is that his final ball has let him down. He needs to work on this too in order to try and kick on.

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The last two months have been really positive for him, and this was sparked by a goal he scored for Wales back in November which lifted his confidence.

He is back in action for Wales this week, with a tricky World Cup qualifying tie against Belgium tonight, followed by a friendly match with Mexico, and a qualifier against the Czech Republic.

It is positive to hear James is analysing his game and being self-critical and self-aware in an effort to improve. This kind of attitude could help him get to where he needs to be.

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