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Man United news: Daniel James reveals he urged team-mates to use his pace to terrorise defences

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'As soon as I came in I told the full backs how I like to play': Lightning-quick Daniel James reveals he urged team-mates to use his pace to terrorise defences after starring in Manchester United's win over PerthREPORT - Manchester United 2-0 Perth Glory: Rashford and Garner strike Daniel James didn't score but impressed with a hugely-exciting displayJames revealed he told his team-mates he wants them to put him in behindOle Gunnar Solskjaer also told fans he will be exciting to watch this seasonREAD: 'Can we build a statue?': Manchester United fans delighted as summer signings Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka impress on debuts in Perth 

Daniel James has revealed he told his Manchester United team-mates upon arrival to send him in behind and terrorise defences – and they appear to have listened.

James, on his debut, tore apart Perth Glory's shaky defence with a series of rapid runs on the shoulder of the last man and the A-League side could not live with him.

He turned out a man-of-the-match performance in his first game in a United shirt and, despite a goalless first half while he was on the pitch, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side struck twice to claim their first win of pre-season.

Daniel James told his Man United team-mates to send him in behind and terrorise defences

Manchester United came out on top in their first pre-season game against Perth

Although Marcus Rashford and James Garner were the players on the scoresheet, it was the lively James who was on the tip of everyone's tongues after the win. 

'As soon as I came in I told the full backs my strengths and how I like to play,' James told MUTV after the match. 'Youngy [Ashley Young] cut inside a lot and was playing me in quite a lot. 

'That's important over the next few weeks to get that link up over the next few weeks to get the best out of them and the best out of me. 

'There were quite a few times I got in there, that's what we want to do, we want to try and get in behind the opposition not just play in front and that's what the gaffer has speaking to me a lot about doing that. And it's important for me to do it for him.'

James, 21, was employed on the left wing during his 45-minute stint and later admitted that is his preferred position.

James, 21, was employed on the left wing during his 45-minute stint in the Perth friendly

However, the Wales international was quick to dispel any notion that he is a one-trick pony and insisted his versatility could prove useful. 

'For me that left position was always my favourite but I like being versatile and playing anywhere across the front three providing I'm in the team,' he added.

'It's important you've got to play all three and our forward players can play that. Anthony [Martial] played No 9 today and it's good for us all to interlink and we swapped a few times and it's good to play all three.'

United boss Solskjaer was also suitably excited by his summer acquisition, telling fans he is likely to get bums off seats all season.

'He's sharp,' Solskjaer said of James. 'He started well. We'll nurture him and he'll be exciting to watch for many, many games.'

James and Co will have another chance to impress on Wednesday when they take on Championship outfit Leeds at the same venue in Perth. 

United boss Solskjaer was also suitably excited by his summer acquisition

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