Manchester United winger Daniel James has reflected on his time at Swansea City in the Championship last season, and has thanked then-manager Graham Potter for turning his career around.
After a £15million move to Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s Manchester United in the Summer, former Swansea City winger Daniel James has been living the dream.
The 21-year-old has been a revelation at Old Trafford and has been a saving grace in his team’s poor performance in the Premier League this season.
Four goals in 33 appearances for Graham Potter’s Swansea last season was enough for United to gain interest, and in a recent interview with Sky Sports, James has revealed that he was close to quitting the sport, but for Potter to save his career:
“I went to Shrewsbury on loan, I came back within a month and hadn’t played a game – injured and feeling sorry for myself. I didn’t think I was going to make it as a footballer.
“I wanted to go back on loan but the gaffer who was there at the time – he’s at Brighton now – said to me ‘I feel like you’ve got a big chance to play here… He really put the confidence back into me to play”
Potter learned his trade in the Swedish Allsvenskan at Ostersunds before arriving in South Wales in June 2018.
He spent less than a year there before he joined Premier League Brighton, where his impressive start to the season has slowly petered out.
Potter saw the potential in James, and brought him back from a dark spell in his career to elevate him all the way to the Premier League.
The pair will meet this season, and James will surely have a lot of thanks for Potter when he sees him.