Manchester United's Daniel James Gave Emotional Post-Match Interview After Chelsea Game

Manchester United winger Daniel James made the perfect start to life at Old Trafford on Sunday, scoring on his debut against Chelsea.

It was an emotional moment for the 21-year-old after coming on as a second half substitute.

He lost his father, Kevin, just days before completing his dream £15 million move to the club in May.

Image: Daniel James/Instagram
Image: Daniel James/Instagram

James pointed to heavens in tribute to his dad after bagging United's fourth goal of the game.

And after the full-time whistle, the former Swansea player dedicated his debut finish to his father in a post-match interview.

"It would have been amazing for him to be here today, but he's not, and I dedicate that goal to him." he said.

"I scored the winning penalty in Cardiff last week which was amazing, to be in Wales as well. To score on my debut here, you couldn't write it."

James then spoke about making his family proud in an interview with MUTV.

The youngster, visibly emotional as he talks about his family and friends who watched from the stands, says it is an "honour" to play for Manchester United.

"They definitely are [proud]." he said. "I didn't know where they were in the crowd, I was trying to find them but it's hard to find them in front of this many fans.

"For them and for me, you just couldn't write it. To be here and to play is an honour for me.

The pacey winger also revealed what manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told him before coming on with 16 minutes left on the clock.

"'He just said go out, go and enjoy it, we're 3-0 up, so just go and do what you've been doing in pre-season, work hard and you'll get your opportunities." he told Optus Sport.

Do you think James deserves a place in the starting XI against Wolves next Monday?

Let us know in the comments.

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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