Over 2 months ago, Kevin James sadly passed away just weeks before his son Daniel’s dream move to Manchester United. The tragedy was a real test of the Welshman’s mental strength, understandably delaying his move to the Red Devils initially. However, yesterday on his Premier League debut, he passed the test with flying colours.
James moved from Swansea for £15 million, with United fans fearing the step up to the harsh lights of the Premier League would be difficult for the young winger to adjust to. The signing of a young British player from the unknown certainly brought fans nostalgia to the days of the Class of 92. Yet it wasn’t massively exciting the Old Trafford faithful.
United took yesterday’s Super Sunday by the scruff of the neck. Mistakes at the back and in midfield coupled with the how clinical the Red Devils were meant Frank Lampard’s Chelsea saw themselves 3-0 down in 67 minutes, despite not playing THAT badly. Welcome to management in the world’s toughest league Frank.
James came off the bench the final quarter of an hour, as expected of the 21 year old debutante. But once again, The Blues lost the ball, allowing Paul Pogba to surge forward. The Frenchman laid it off to the winger.
Struggling to get it out of his feet, he took it slightly wider than he would have liked in the Chelsea box. The chance looked to be gone, but James got his shot off. It was weak but enough to take a slight deflection through Emerson’s legs and beat Kepa, into the bottom left corner. Old Trafford erupted as James put the icing on the cake of an amazing afternoon.
The young man who was heartbroken was just weeks ago had now scored a goal on his debut at the Theatre of Dreams in the Premier League against Chelsea. You did your dad proud Dan and United fans will hope there are many more to come.
Football, it’s called the beautiful game for a reason…
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