Reece James joins Wigan Athletic


Reece James has left Manchester United to join Wigan Athletic on a three-year deal.

The 21-year-old joins the League One outfit for an undisclosed fee, thought to be in the region of £1m.

Despite signing a new contract at Old Trafford back in February, James leaves the club in search of first team football.

This time last year, James impressed on the tour of the United States, even scoring a brace in Louis van Gaal’s first ever game in charge of United, in the 7-0 rout of LA Galaxy.

This led to the former Blackburn Rovers and Preston North End youngster being an unused substitute in United’s first three league games of last season, as well as playing the full 90 minutes in his only competitive first team appearance, in the 4-0 humiliation at MK Dons in the Capital One Cup.

James impressed on loan at Rotherham United and Huddersfield Town in the Championship last season, even scoring directly from a corner in a 4-4 home draw to Derby County for the Terriers back in April.

A marauding left-back by trade, James is also comfortable playing as a holding midfielder, where his energy and calmness on the ball will certainly benefit the Latics.

His attitude is also second to none, with staff at United praising the defender for his work ethic and keenness to learn.

With Luke Shaw, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo capable of playing left-back, James would find his first team opportunities slim, as well as Tyler Blackett and Ashley Young as back-up options if needed.

With Wigan a likely candidate for a quick return back to the Championship after their relegation to League One, the project at the DW Stadium as well as first team football has attracted James to remain in the northwest, and we wish him all the best with his future.

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