The Europa League final represents Daniel James’ first chance to win silverware as a Manchester United player.

James made no bones about admitting that the clash with Villarreal in Gdansk will be the biggest match of his entire career so far.

The Welshman, 23, will hope to lift many trophies across his time in football and he has an opportunity to get the ball rolling now.

It’s most likely James will be a substitute against Unai Emery’s side, but his pace could prove vital against tiring legs if it’s a tight game.

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When asked if the game would be the biggest of his career, he replied: “One hundred per cent.

“It’s the only final that I’ve ever been involved in. Winning a European cup competition would be amazing for me. I’ve never been involved.


“I wasn’t involved when Wales went even to the Euro semi-finals, getting that far, so it is something that would be the biggest game of my career and it’d be great to come away with the trophy.

“It would mean the world (to play). I’ve come to this club knowing we were going to reach many finals and to be involved in one which is huge for the club and for us, it would mean the world to me.”

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United have players such as Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani and David de Gea who have experienced vast success.

Their knowhow will be important on the night but the hunger of players like James to get their hands on their first trophy will be vital too.

It’s refreshing to hear a player be honest about how much being involved would mean to him.

The Welshman will hope he can offer a telling contribution to make the biggest match of his career even sweeter.

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