“Hear me out” – These Man United fans want ace to follow in legend’s footsteps with drastic position change

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Any manager can get results out of a team if they have 11 superb players playing in their favoured role, but it’s never as simple as that.

The best ones find a way to develop a system that gets the best out of their players, while they may also spot a potential positional change that allows them to flourish.

Antonio Valencia went from being a pacey winger who started to regress when opposing teams figured out how to stop him into a solid defender who became captain and he was one of the most dependable players on the team sheet, so could the same happen with Dan James?

The initial reaction has to be sceptical because he’s not as physically strong as Valencia was but he does have blistering pace and incredible work rate, so there could be something to work with there against lesser teams.

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka won’t be replaced as the regular starter but he does lack end product when he attacks, so James could deserve a chance in that role if Solskjaer is brave enough.

It would clearly be a risky experiment, but it looks like a few of the fans would like to see it happen:


The other thing that goes in James’ favour is his desire to influence the game and press an opponent, while physicality isn’t always vital in a wing back and there are numerous examples like Tariq Lamptey, Jordi Alba and Alphonso Davies who prove that desire can overcome physical deficiencies.

It’s also possible that James should keep his place on the right wing after an impressive performance tonight, but it would certainly be interesting to see how he got on if he was given a chance in defence.

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  1. James is much better when playing on the left, if you want an experiment how about moving him to left wing back and putting Shaw on the left of midfield….it would allow Shaw to cover James when he goes forward and he wouldn’t have so far to run to get back into position when United regain possession…the same when he pushes up field (James would hold the LB position)…James could still play as a winger in other games, this would give James more minutes and confidence….it would allow Shaw to attack more often knowing he wouldn’t have to sprint back 80 metres when the opposition turned over the ball and made a quick counter. With Shaw overlapping more quickly on the wing from a starting position of LM it would also allow Rashford more space to cut inside….or, with Cavani as CF, Shaw could overlap and make more crosses.
    Or….instead of putting James at LB play Telles there with Shaw at LM….and keep James as a bench and rotation player.

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