‘I give a lot more than goals’: Daniel James insists he should not be judged on his strike rate after Manchester United winger ends 32-game drought in victory over LASK
Manchester United winger Daniel James is determined to score more goals before the end of the season, but he believes he shouldn’t be judged solely on his strike rate.
The 22-year-old netted United’s second goal in their 5-0 Europa League rout of LASK, ending a 32-match barren run.
James made a flying start to his Manchester United career, registering three goals in his opening four Premier League matches, yet he went seven months without scoring after the 1-1 draw with Southampton in August.
Daniel James (R) celebrates with Odion Ighalo after scoring for Manchester United at LASK
The Wales international fired into the bottom corner to give the Red Devils a two-goal lead
‘It is nice to score. Maybe I haven’t scored as many goals as I wanted to recently,’ James told MUTV. ‘I got off to a good start but recently it has not been at the standards that I have wanted to be.
‘Thanks to all of the coaches, the manager for trusting in me, working with me every day.
‘I had that chance in the first half and I was a bit gutted about it, but it was just about going out there and if I got the chance, they said to drive and have shots. That’s what I did and thankfully it went in.
James last scored seven months ago during United’s 1-1 draw at Southampton
‘You can score in every game, you can improve and look back on what you can do more.
‘As a player, I give a lot more than goals, I try to create them and work hard for the team, but (against LASK) was about getting off the mark and now I can capitalise to get more now.’
James has now produced four goals and seven assists in 37 United appearances after the 5-0 hammering of LASK in the Europa League round of 16.
The first leg took place behind closed doors at Linzer Stadion to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. The second leg was scheduled to take place on Thursday 19 March, but the fixture has been suspended.