Leeds United winger Daniel James has vowed to celebrate if he scores against former club Manchester United when the two sides go head-to-head at Elland Road on Sunday afternoon.
James, who has scored three times in his last five Premier League appearances, left Old Trafford on transfer deadline day back in August, joining Leeds in a £25million deal.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford threatened to reduce James’ game time at United and it was in everybody’s best interests to see him complete a move to Leeds, who were minutes away from signing him just a few months before he left Swansea City to join United in June 2019.
His United career consisted of 74 appearances in all competitions and nine goals. He was also a firm fans’ favourite at Old Trafford and big things were expected of him.
Now, ahead of preparing to face his former club for the first time since leaving last summer, James has admitted that he will celebrate if he finds the net on Sunday afternoon, but has conceded that he has “no hatred” towards the Reds.
James told The Times: “Of course, I’d celebrate, I can’t not. It’s what the game’s about, a lot of emotion.
“I’ve got no hatred towards Man United. I left on good terms. I’ve still got a lot of friends there.
“It’s a great feeling scoring. So, of course, I’ll celebrate. I want to score every game.
“Some players really want to score against their old club, and give it back to the fans. That’s not me. The fans were great to me there. The fans are great here.”
Although the Wales international was only on United’s books for a little over two years, James has reflected fondly on his time at the club, insisting it was a “great experience.”
“I had a great time at Man United,” he added. “Some people can talk of my time there as a failure but for me I played so many games, I learnt so much and it was a great experience with top players.
“With a club like that always comes a lot of stuff on and off the pitch, the expectancy to win, and things are always thrown your way.”