Dan James will never forget his Manchester United debut.

Coming off the bench for the last 16 minutes against Chelsea, the Welsh international burst forward and made it 4-0.

His celebration said it all and it seemed United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had signed a gem.

Two goals in his next three league games only reinforced that belief. But James’s form tailed off thereafter.

This season he is back to his best and, if he is passed fit, the United winger will be hoping for another moment of magic against the Blues.

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The £18million man (BBC) started for United on Thursday. But, speaking after the game, Solskjaer told the club’s official website that James felt a tweak this week.

The 23-year-old will be hoping to shake that off, because Sunday’s opponents represent his first great moment in a United shirt.


James has scored five goals so far this season and he has forced his way back into United’s starting line-up.

A resurgent attacker

With Mason Greenwood struggling for form, and injuries elsewhere, James is becoming a reliable alternative for United.

With an assist against the same opponents in the EFL Cup last season, James clearly enjoys playing Chelsea.

This weekend’s clash is huge. United need to win to keep some kind of pace at the top of the table. But they also need to create more space between them and the chasing pack.

A victory will be a great way to end a satisfying week. A goal from James and he will have another great moment to add to his growing scrapbook.

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