Daniel James was never “Manchester United standard” says Rio Ferdinand, with the Wales international winger told a Â£25 million ($35m) transfer to Leeds will prove beneficial to all concerned.
Two-and-a-half years on from missing out on a deadline day switch to Elland Road, the 23-year-old has linked up with Leeds in a big-money deal.
His qualities are expected to sit better in Marcelo Bielsa’s plans than they did under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with Ferdinand saying a man who made 74 appearances for the Red Devils was never quite ready for the step up from Swansea.
Ferdinand, who spent time with Leeds and Manchester United in his playing days, told his FIVE YouTube channel of James’ move to West Yorkshire:
“Theyâ€™ve been on him for ages, theyâ€™ve wanted this boy for time.
“Listen, Dan James, I donâ€™t think heâ€™s Man Utd standard, but heâ€™s definitely Premier League standard and the way Leeds play, heâ€™s going to be a problem for a few teams.
“The kid in that team will be getting the ball and getting forward quick, and that suits his game.
“When you have to break down two banks of four like Man Utd that doesnâ€™t suit Jamesâ€™ game, he likes space. Leeds United for Dan James will be a fantastic move for both parties.”