The Athletic detail how Leeds United have benefitted from Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer mismanagement

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Leeds United winger Dan James scored his first goal for the club since leaving Manchester United in the summer for GBP25million.

The Whites eventually spent big in the summer to bring in another winger in long-sought-after Wales international Dan James.

It’s a transfer saga that stretches back to January 2019 for Marcelo Bielsa and this summer’s deadline day saw a breakthrough in Leeds’ interest.

In what’s been an initial slow-burning start to his life at Elland Road, James notched his first Leeds goal when he got on the end of Jack Harrison’s brilliant cross away to Tottenham on Sunday.

He’s starting to show the hallmarks of a player worth spending GBP25million on, but it was a move that only just became possible very late in the window for Leeds, despite prolonged interest.

After starting for Manchester United in an away trip to Wolves, he was securing his move to Leeds the following day, highlighting how rapidly the move became a real possibility.

Following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from the Red Devils, The Athletic have revealed the switch in mindset regarding James’ move to the better side of the Pennines.

The piece reads:

“Daniel James, a summer departure to Leeds United, was told by Solskjaer that he remained part of his plans following the arrival of Ronaldo in late August and started two days later in a 1-0 victory at Wolves.

“Soon after the final whistle, it was made clear by a different club representative that James would now be eighth choice in his position and needed to make the GBP25 million transfer to Elland Road.

It did seem strange that he went from being a main starter for the club to then falling so far down the pecking order.

The signing of Cristiano Ronaldo is always going to shift the power dynamic of the club with his ego clearly taking centre-stage at Old Trafford.

It was always going to be a detriment to players like James who were a great option for the overall shape of the side, but it’s our gain and their loss.

Having him in the side has given us a lot more balance while Man United went the complete opposite way ironically, but we’re not complaining.