DANIEL JAMES is already a marked man and the season hasn’t even started yet.
The speedy winger has come in for some rough treatment in each game he has played in out on the tour.
Out here against Tottenham he was fouled three times by Sissoko alone.
One particularly brutal challenge sparked a shoving match between the players.
It is a sure sign that the £15million signing from Swansea is a danger man.
He has taken to his new surroundings at Manchester United without a problem and impressed his more high profile teammates.
He certainly has all the attributes to excite Old Trafford and goodness knows it needs a lift after the sorry end to last season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer identified James as one of his main targets before that campaign ended.
He fits the bill for the manager as a young, fast and eager player.
Comparisons have been drawn to his Welsh boss Ryan Giggs and you can see why as he darts down the flank and cuts inside.
Giggs has been a big inspiration to the player who at £15m looks and absolute steal.
He certainly made light of the conditions in a sweltering Shanghai in the first half against Tottenham today.
It was a half that saw United take the lead after 21 minutes when a clever pass from Andreas Pereira set up Anthony Martial to slide a shot in at the near post.
After Lucas Moura equalised on 64 minutes, Angel Gomes with a darting run and angled finish won the game for United in the 80th.
Solskjaer once again changed all 11 players for the second-half of this the club’s final game of their tour of Australia and the Far East.
One of them, Eric Bailly was soon stretchered off after injuring his knee early in the second half and he will have a scan on it when they get back to Manchester.
It has been an impressive tour for United winning all four of their games conceding just one goal in the process.
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There is a renewed vibrancy about the camp in stark contrast to the final two months of last season.
They won just two of their final 12 games, losing eight, and Solskjaer looked like he had a massive job on his hands to get the team ready for this campaign.
But, ever the optimist, the Norwegian looks to have breathed new life back into the squad as the opening of the new season looms with that home game against Chelsea.