Rotherham United have signed Manchester United’s Reece James on an emergency loan deal until January 10, reports BBC Sport.
The 21-year old left-back has only played once this season for the Old Trafford side, during the 4-0 defeat to MK Dons in the League Cup earlier this campaign, but was tipped to start this weekend’s Premier League match with Hull City, after Luke Shaw picked up a knock last Saturday versus Arsenal.
Yet, United have let the youngster leave on loan for a couple of months, despite their injury crisis, especially in defence.
Rotherham manager Steve Evans told their official website that he is delighted that the Championship club have signed James on loan.
“He is an outstanding young left-back or indeed can be utilised further forward as and when needed,” said Evans.
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“Young Reece is a player who I have watched develop at Manchester United over the last two or three years. His ability was not only witnessed by Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes, but even more so by current United manager Louis Van Gaal, who gave Reece an opportunity to play in the first-team back in pre-season.”
James has been on the fringes of the United first-team this season and has been an unused substitute throughout the campaign. Van Gaal selected the 21-year old for Red Devils’ pre-seaon tour, where he scored two goals against LA Galaxy. But has been overlooked for the Manchester club, with the likes of Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Tyler Blackett and Ashley Young all being picked ahead of him.
The left-back, who has previously been out on loan to Carlisle United in 2013, has been on Evans’ shortlist for a while and he is thrilled to have finally got his man.
“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.” Evans added.
James will be hoping that he can make an impression out on loan and return to Old Trafford with a chance of playing regular first-team football and not have to leave the club like his brother Matty James, who now plays for Premier League side Leicester City.