James: Every team that comes here is up for it
Fresh from his fine performance in Europe, Daniel James looks ahead to the Newcastle clash at Old Trafford...
Dan, great result last night. How does it feel to be involved in that? Yeah, it was great. Obviously it was a little bit different and we didn’t go to their stadium, we went to Italy instead, so you could say that we were both away, to be fair. We always knew it was going to be a tough game from the start, that they were going to have a lot of the ball at times but it was about being patient and hitting them on the break at the right times. That’s what we did. You did really well and got your deserved goal. How did it feel to get on the scoresheet again? Yeah, it was great. I think I was a bit frustrated 20 minutes earlier, when Bruno’s played me in and I haven’t scored so I was just trying to hunt for that goal and thankfully it came in the 90th minute. You’ve given the boss a selection problem with your performance ahead of the weekend, which is what you’ve got to do, right? Yeah, I think so. All of us forward players have got to give him a headache with his decisions, and I think that’s what he wants as well. He always says he wants that and when I play, I just give my best. It’s a testament to your professionalism as well, that when you do come in you give it your all and you’re always well prepared, focus and seem to produce… As you said, I haven’t played much recently but I’ve just been working hard on the training ground, doing the same things that I do all the time. I know the gaffer believes in me and trusts me when I play, so it’s just, as you said, taking all that stuff from training and what you’ve learned into a game. I think I’ll always be ready and I’m proud to play every time I put on the shirt. It’s great. I guess the team has a lot of confidence with those four goals going into Newcastle now. It’s great to get a win like that to take into the Premier League game… I think we demonstrated everything yesterday. We defended well, we attacked well. It was obviously great to score the goals but to get a clean sheet as well and do it that way was obviously great throughout the whole team. And Newcastle will be a different proposition. I guess they’ll play a lot more defensively. It’ll be a different prospect to break them down and they’ll battle for everything… Yeah, I think they always do. We had a great win up there before Christmas but it’s going to be another tough game for us. With Steve Bruce at the helm, being a former United player, we’ve got that link there and he’ll desperately want to turn their season around. We’ve seen that when Sheffield United came to Old Trafford, just because they’re bottom of the league doesn’t make them an easy target at all. Every team in this league is really tough to beat… Yeah, every team in this league is tough to beat. It doesn’t matter how they’ve been doing in the league. I think everyone who plays us, it’s a massive game for them. Everyone who comes to Old Trafford is definitely up for it. It’s another big game, every game is big at United. You’ve then got Sociedad and Chelsea. They come thick and fast these big games… Yeah, they do! We’ve obviously had a good start last night but that tie’s not finished yet. We still have to go next Thursday, the same attitude and belief. But we’ve got Chelsea, Man City all big games coming up and the FA Cup. Big games every three days and you’ve got to concentrate – you can’t look too far ahead. You’ve just got to look at the next game.