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Reece James joins Rotherham United on loan until January

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is taking a huge risk by allowing Reece James to leave Old Trafford, after giving Rotherham United permission to take the talented young defender on emergency loan until January 10.

The Red Devils confirmed news of the 21-year-old's drop down to the Championship on their official website this Wednesday lunchtime, prior to the loan window closing later this week.

James moves to the New York Stadium with immediate effect and is expected to be in contention for the Millers next match at home against Blackpool this coming Saturday.

Rotherham are currently precariously placed in 22nd place in the table - dropping into the relegation zone on goal difference - and so will be hoping to pick up three valuable points against the bottom placed side this weekend.

The arrival of James will have given everyone a lift around the club, after manager Steve Evans revealed that he'd been courting the versatile left-back for a number of months.

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"Young Reece is a player who I have watched develop at Manchester United over the last two or three years," he explained in an interview with the Millers' media department.

"He is an outstanding young left-back or indeed can be utilised further forward as and when needed.

"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."

James made a positive impression on Manchester United's pre-season tour of the United States, with his standout moment coming when he scored twice against Los Angeles Galaxy in a showpiece friendly against David Beckham's former club.

"His ability was not only witnessed by Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes but even more so by current United manager Louis van Gaal" - Steve Evans

The youngster was named on the bench by Van Gaal in each of the Red Devils' opening three Premier League games in 2014/15 and finally made his senior debut in the Capital One Cup defeat against MK Dons.

The full-back's progress was briefly halted when he picked up an injury back in September, but after making his comeback in a number of U21 games he's now been afforded a chance to gain regular first-team football in the second tier.

After previously enjoying a successful short-term stint with Carlisle United, James will be looking to kick on again in a bid to put himself in contention for more regular inclusion in Manchester United's senior fold.

Valuable experience

"His ability was not only witnessed by Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes but even more so by current United manager Louis van Gaal," added Evans.

"He gave Reece an opportunity to play in the first team back in pre-season and indeed the youngster has been close to being involved at Old Trafford in recent weeks."

Van Gaal's decision to let James leave could be viewed by some onlookers as a big risk when you consider the injury problems currently being experienced by the Red Devils in defence.

With Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw both sidelined, the Dutch coach is already short on natural left sided cover at the back, which makes the emerging youngster's temporary departure even more baffling.

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