Daniel James has vowed to stay at Manchester United and fight for his spot after a tough time at Old Trafford of late.
He has even been linked with a departure from United, with Leeds and Everton touted for a possible transfer, though MEN Sport understands that was never on the cards in this year’s summer transfer window.
In any case, James is determined to return to form and fight for his place under Solskjaer after a productive week playing for Wales.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a release,” James told BBC Sport when asked about going away on Wales duty. “Man United is my club and I love it there. Whether I am playing or not, I’m proud, as proud as I am to play for Wales.
“There are obviously times where I played a lot last season. I may not have played as much this season, but I am sticking in there and always in and around it.
“I feel really good at the moment. When I do play, I give my all. I bought into everything we wanted to do and thankfully I got that goal and assist.”
James’ goal for Wales against Finland helped his country qualify for the top tier of the UEFA Nations League, while he’s also excited about playing at the rescheduled European Championship next summer.
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United get their Premier League campaign back underway on Saturday when they welcome strugglers West Brom to Old Trafford.
The under-pressure Reds came from behind to beat Everton last time out thanks to Bruno Fernandes’ double and Edinson Cavani’s first goal for United.
The players are returning from the two-week international break, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping to have as few injury and fitness concerns as possible among the stars coming back from international duty.
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“After we qualified for the Euros we wanted to make sure we made another achievement, we knew it would be tough coming into this group with some tough games,” James added.
“Qualifying for the Euros was such a massive achievement and we’ve got that to look forward to.
“Having qualified it put us in a great position in this group to push on and see what we could do next.
“To compete with the best teams in Europe in League A is where we want to be. We’re really looking forward to that.”