Dan James insists its ‘still early days’ for Manchester United

Daniel James has insisted that it is ‘still early days’ as Manchester United look to overcome their miserable start to the new season.

Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at struggling Newcastle means Manchester United have won just twice in their opening eight Premier League fixtures, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side having slumped to 12th in the table, two points above the relegation zone, with the pressure beginning to mount at Old Trafford.

Despite their poor start, Wales international James insists the club have plenty of time to turn their fortunes around and says it is important how the side ‘react’ to their difficult start to the new campaign.

“You have seen in the Premier League this season a lot of teams are playing with young squads who are showing what they can do,” said James.

“It is important in football how you react to things when things aren’t going so well.

“It is alright when things are going well but everyone always says it is how you deal with things when they are going badly.

“That is so important. It is still early days.”

James has been one of the few positives in a dismal season for the club so far, having impressed since joining from Championship side Swansea in the summer.

The 21-year-old has scored three times in eight Premier League appearances so far, and the winger admits he has been pleased with his performances since making the step up from the second tier.

“I’ve had a good start and am enjoying my football. A year ago I wasn’t really playing for Swansea,” he added.

“Everything has happened so quick. If someone asked me a year ago today would this be happening, I would have said, ‘Don’t be silly’.

“It is just about how you grasp that and how you deal with it. Everyone who speaks to me says be yourself and don’t let anything fear you and that’s what I do.

“But things happen so quickly in football you have to be ready for anything – things go badly as well.”

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