Gareth Bale on loan could be the making of Dan James at Manchester United

Manchester United’s summer transfer business finally got going last week, with the announcement of Daniel James’ imminent arrival. But it would be unfair to pin the club’s hopes on a 21-year-old with no top flight experience.

James has the pace, work ethic and innate talent to be another great United winger. Yet another arrival could be the making of him.

As reported by the Mirror, United want to take Gareth Bale on loan next season (with the option of a second year). While the attacker’s age, price-tag and injury record would make a permanent signing risky, a temporary move could be a masterstroke.

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If Bale did arrive at Old Trafford, it could help his young countryman settle. After all, James knows the 29-year-old well from international duty, and the former could be the wise head the youngster needs to deal with the pressure.

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Bale could play on the opposite flank to James, immediately offering United the balanced width they lack. He could also be the more experienced alternative on the right, ensuring the youngster can come in and out of the starting line-up as required.

But, most of all, Bale could be for James what Ryan Giggs once was for the Real Madrid star – a mentor and a superstar to emulate.

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Vincent is the Senior Managing Editor of Freshered. He was previously Head of Sixth Form at a secondary school in Kent, where he worked with hundreds of 16 to 19-year-olds over eight years.