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11/11/2013 15:51, Report by Adam Marshall
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James learns from Evra

Manchester United youngster Reece James has plenty of role models to admire as he aims to make his mark at Old Trafford.

The 19-year-old left-back has been gaining fresh experience in a midfield role for the Reserves and Under-21s of late but admits he analyses some of the world's top performers in his preferred position. Reds star Patrice Evra and Barcelona defender Jordi Alba particularly impress the teenager.

Furthermore, older brother Matty, who also also came through the ranks at the Aon Training Complex and is now with Leicester City, has also been a major help to his career.

"I go and watch Patrice Evra and other players in different countries," James revealed to MUTV. "I like to watch Jordi Alba a lot. He is a very attack-minded full-back who can defend as well. I just want to become the best I can be.

"Matty is a massive influence on my career. I remember watching him when I was 10 years old and I still watch him now he's at Leicester. He watches my games, either on MUTV or live, and tells me where I can improve as a player.

"He's helped me at left-back because you can have similar attributes to the midfield position. I was trying to do better than him but, at the same time, it was very pleasing to see what he was doing, like captaining England [youth side] at Wembley. It was a great day for all the family to watch him there."

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