New Rotherham United loan signing Reece James can count Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal among his admirers.
The 21-year-old left-back impressed the new Old Trafford manager so much in pre-season that he had him on the bench for the Red Devils’ opening three Premier League matches.
The Dutchman has approved a loan spell with the Millers to give his young player experience.
Rotherham manager Steve Evans said: “Young Reece is a player who I have watched develop at Manchester United over the last two or three years.
“He is an outstanding young left-back, or he can be utilised further forward.
“His ability was witnessed not only by Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes but even more so by current United manager Louis van Gaal, who gave him an opportunity to play in the first team back in pre-season. The youngster has been close to being involved at Old Trafford in recent weeks.”
James made his senior United debut earlier this season in the Capital One Cup defeat at MK Dons, but then suffered an injury.
He had come to van Gaal’s attention on Manchester United’s United States tour where he scored twice in a seven-goal demolition of LA Galaxy. Old Trafford insiders talk of a quality player with an attacking instinct.
Evans added: “I have continually asked the question in relation to bringing Reece to Rotherham United and I was delighted to hear confirmation over the weekend that the young man can join us from now until January.”
Lancashire-born James, who was with Preston and Blackburn before switching to Old Trafford, played twice for Carlisle last season, once in the league and once in the Capital One Cup, in a loan spell cut short by injury.
Midfielder Rob Milsom became the second Millers loan departure this week, joining Bury after right-back Richard Brindley moved to Scunthorpe.
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