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21/03/2012 10:18, Report by Adam Marshall

James backed by Joyce

Warren Joyce is pleased with Matty James' return to fitness and is hoping to see the midfielder get his career back on track.

James' performances at Preston in early 2010 were as good as Joyce has seen from a United player out on loan during his time as Reserves boss but two injuries halted his progress. The former England Under-19 captain clearly has potential and is looking to feature for the Reserves again on Thursday night against Aston Villa.

"Matty is a tremendous professional," Joyce told ManUtd.com. "When I go out watching the boys on loan, he was one who really excelled and was very impressive. He enjoyed his time at Preston and did exceptionally well.

"If you look at how well Tom Cleverley has done and how he progressed through his loan, Matty was certainly on a par with how he was performing in the Championship at an even younger age. So it's been disappointing for him how his career was put on hold and he's desperate to get himself going again.

"He's worked hard in training and I'm delighted to have him with us. Hopefully, he can kick on from this."

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Clever comparison

"If you look at how well Tom Cleverley has done and how he progressed through his loan, Matty was certainly on a par with how he was performing in the Championship at an even younger age."
- Warren Joyce, ManUtd.com.

Matty James' loans - Appearances / Goals:

09/10: Preston 17 (1) / 2

10/11: Preston 12 / 1

Matty James profile page

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