Cape Town - Daniel James is expected to get a rest
as Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is concerned about how
much the young man has already played this season.
The 21-year-old Wales winger was primarily earmarked as 'one for the
future' when the Red Devils paid £20 million to bring him from Swansea City in
James, however, has been a virtual ever-present for United due to the
catalogue of injuries in the squad, playing 18 games so far for both
club and country in an indifferent campaign for United.
The talented youngster has certainly impressed and scored three goals
for his new club, quickly endearing himself to the supporters at the
Theatre of Dreams, courtesy of his electric pace.
Solskjaer had hoped James would be afforded the opportunity to ease
his way into life in such a demanding environment by coming off the
substitutes' bench more often.
But there is talk around United's Carrington training base that the
Norwegian is concerned the games are now starting to catch up with the
He will certainly not want to risk James picking up an injury ahead
of the busy December slog of fixtures, and will be ordered to put his
feet up before the end of this month.
United's coaching staff are also keeping a closer eye on the Welsh
youngster in training, to assess if there is any discernible sign of him
being right on the limit.
James surprised his bosses at United when he first arrived at the
start of pre-sesson training, topping the fitness charts after working
hard in the run up to his glamour switch.
Solskjaer is delighted by James' attitude but knows he has to protect
him from himself in order to avoid burnout before the end of the
- TeamTalk Media