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"Like his brother Matty, who came through the ranks at United before joining Leicester City and playing a key part in their promotion to the top flight, he is an intelligent footballer with a willingness to learn and take advice on board. These are the qualities, combined with an appetite for hard work, that will stand both in good stead."

- ManUtd.com's Adam Marshall

24/07/2014 10:54, Report by Adam Marshall
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Opinion: Games for James?

Reece James may not be a name as well known to all Manchester United fans as Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young but he, like the England internationals, made his mark with a pair of goals in Louis van Gaal's opening game in charge of the Reds.

If the 7-0 scoreline against LA Galaxy was a startling one, it was nothing compared to seeing James help himself to a couple of strikes in his maiden senior outing. The former Preston youngster has many attributes but it is not being unkind to say goalscoring has not previously been high on that list.

James did not hit the net last term for the Reserves and Under-21s - the closest he came was when forcing Everton keeper Mason Stringthorpe into a decent save back in October. He did not register in the 2012/13 campaign either and I think I'm pretty certain the double at the Rose Bowl were his first strikes for the club in officially-recorded matches. 

Yet the versatile left-back was probably one of the first names on Warren Joyce's teamsheet. He played more games than anybody else at Under-21 level (20), and also represented the club in the Manchester Senior Cup and Lancashire Senior Cup.

The 20-year-old is not the sort of player to prompt giddy comparisons with greats of the past or outlandish predictions of superstardom but, much more importantly, he is highly regarded by those who work with him. Joyce nominated him on the three-man shortlist for the Denzil Haroun Reserves' Player of the Year trophy, with Saidy Janko getting the nod from supporters for the accolade.

Like his brother Matty, who came through the ranks at United before joining Leicester City and playing a key part in their promotion to the top flight, he is an intelligent footballer with a willingness to learn and take advice on board. These are the qualities, combined with an appetite for hard work, that will stand both in good stead.

Joyce likes to field younger players in different positions to help broaden their education of the game and James is no different. Although he still views himself as a left-back, he was pushed into midfield last term and revelled in the

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