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Manchester United's new boy Daniel James is making his father proud

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Anyone worried young Dan James may crumble under the pressure of joining Manchester United will be heartened by his first experience of grown-up sport, aged 13.When the little kid took the crease for South Cave First XI, captain Clive Bailey recalls the complacent adult opposition initially bowling half-paced and surrounding the bat for a catch.

Kevan, a proud Welshman and rugby fan who moved to the east riding of Yorkshire to work for a quarrying company, was omnipresent in Dan's life, his cricketing team-mate, his chauffeur to football practise, his daily guiding light.

It's a tragic element to Dan's otherwise fairytale story that his Dad passed away in May and didn't get to see his son pull on the famous shirt of United for the first time against Perth Glory on Saturday, impressing as he played the first 45 minutes of a 2-0 win that augurs well for the new season.



Not only did the whole village turn out, but Dan's former academy team-mates from Hull turned out too as a mark of respect.

From the age of eight, Dan attended the academy at Hull City and Kevan was the most dedicated of all the parents.

As Dan improved quicker than Hull's facilities, Kevan took the brave decision to let his 16-year-old son move to the other side of the country to continue his football dream at Swansea.

'I saw a headshot of Dan with United last week.


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