Manchester United summer signing Daniel James needs to be taken out of the team and looked ‘lost’ in the victory over Chelsea, according to Arsenal legend Paul Merson.
Welsh winger James has largely impressed for the Red Devils following his £15million move from Swansea City last summer, scoring five goals and making six assists in 34 appearances in all competitions.
But Merson believes James would benefit from a spell out of United’s starting XI and says it is only a matter of time before he is dropped.
Manchester United beat top-four rivals Chelsea 2-0 on Monday evening, with goals from Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire sealing the win in west London.
‘It was a big win for Manchester United and Chelsea, but they weren’t good,’ Merson said. ‘They’re two just-above average teams, if I’m being honest.
‘United winning just covers over the cracks, while Chelsea losing means you start seeing the cracks.
‘If Chelsea put their chances away in the first half, the game’s over, but they didn’t. Harry Maguire should’ve been sent off and he then scores, so there were a lot of things where you could say with Chelsea they could’ve won the game.
‘Watching last night, Sheffield United are massive players in the Champions League race. With Manchester United, you’re talking about one of the biggest clubs in the world not having a centre forward.
‘They’re playing with Daniel James up front, who sooner or later has to be taken out of the team. You feel sorry for the lad, now. He looks a bit lost if I’m honest – he needs a break.’
The former Gunners and England ace added in a column for Sky Sports: ‘James is playing all the time but his game is based on sheer pace. It won’t bring you much alone in the Premier League, and I feel for him.
‘He needs to be brought out of the team but they’ve haven’t got anyone to bring in for him.
‘Anthony Martial scored his header, but barring that he wasn’t anywhere near it. Give him credit for the goal, but he offered nothing else.’
Manchester United face Club Bruges in the Europa League on Thursday night before returning to domestic action on Sunday against Watford.
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