Neither side took the game by the scruff of the neck, with both sides sitting back and allowing their opponents the ball in their own half for large spells of the game, which meant both sides maintained solid shapes and opportunities were few and far between.
James particularly struggled to make much of a positive influence on the match, with the forward giving away possession on eight occasions as well as failing to register a shot or a cross throughout the 58 minutes he was on the field (Sofascore).
The Wales international has not been able to find his form so far this campaign and he is averaging just 0.3 successful dribbles per match and just 0.7 shots per game (Sofascore). Considering United have the likes of Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani to call upon, it does seem that James could need to come out of the firing line.
United fans react to James’ poor performance against Chelsea
Many United fans were pointing out that James should not be in the side at the moment, with one supporter even labelling him as “useless” and another suggesting that Solskjær should “get rid” . Here are just a few of the responses from supporters on social media.
Thoughts on Today's game:
– Lindelof Motm
– Defense is solid
– our starting line up cost us 3 points
– Manager has to take lot of the blame today
– Diabolical Dan James
– what does VDB need to do to start
– Rashy wasteful
– chelsea were worst, unlucky not to win#MUFC #MUNCHE
— Varsh Mallow (@Mallowunited27) October 24, 2020
Luke Shaw and Daniel James should be rested for the remainder of the season. #MUFC
— Sarvesh Ganatra (@red_devil1302) October 24, 2020
Defence great today, Fred and Mctominay have to be first names on the team sheet now. Forwards were poor. Rashford against 3 centre half's was never going to get us much though. Why Dan James is getting a look in I'll never know. Feel for Donny though #MUFC
— Oz (@SourMash2016) October 24, 2020
James is championship at best, Fred great work rate can’t pass, Maguire carthorse and Shaw positionally all over the place..The Bench today must think Jesus what have I got to do to start 🤷♂️ #MUFC
— Paul Lewis (@mulewy12) October 24, 2020
Such a frustrating game. Rashford, but for 2 chances, was absent all game. James offered nothing. Fernandes drifted throughout.
Shaw is not a LB. He’s better as LCB in back 3. Telles must start.
Ole made the wrong choice to bring on Greenwood, the game needed VDB. #MUFC
— Guillaume Trounson (@TrounsonG95) October 24, 2020
Still a better performance from us than our opening 3 games. Don't think it's needs an over reaction but clear that James and Shaw need to be benched. Both useless. #mufc
— V MUFC (@v_shah) October 24, 2020
About time to get rid of Daniel James. Definitely not a United quality. If you just want someone to rely on speed as his only quality you better sign Usain Bolt #MUFC
— Nik Syafiq (@niksyafiq87) October 24, 2020
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