Reece James confirms interest in extending Manchester United exit

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Manchester United loanee Reece James would be interested in extending his stay at Championship outfit Rotherham United if first-team opportunities are going to be difficult to come by at Old Trafford.

The 21-year-old defender moved to the New York Stadium on an initial one-month loan deal at the end of last month, and has impressed in the three appearances he's made for Steve Evans's side.

Speaking after Saturday's 0-0 draw with Nottingham Forest the left-back confirmed his intention to remain with the Millers, who are trying to produce the same style of football that he's been used to playing in the Red Devils youth teams.

"I would be interested in extending my loan spell but there is still to be a conversation to be had between me and Manchester United on what the best situation would be," he told the Yorkshire Post.

"If they say it's a case of me being able to make the decision myself - if I'm not going to go back there and be involved in the first team - then it is something I would definitely like to do, stay and maintain being a Rotherham United player."

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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.

The youngster was named on the bench by Louis van Gaal in each of the Red Devils' opening three Premier League games this season and finally made his senior debut in the 4-0 Capital One Cup defeat against MK Dons.

His progress was briefly halted by injury in September, and by the time he returned to fitness £32 million summer signing Luke Shaw was back in the team, which limited James' involvement moving forward.

The former Southampton star actually suffered another injury setback a month later, but James was still afforded an opportunity to gain more regular action when Evans enquired about his availability on emergency loan until January 10.

Unbeaten record

Rotherham are yet to lose any of the games that James has played, recording three successive draws against fellow strugglers Blackpool, Cardiff City and Forest, leaving them placed precariously in 21st spot in the second tier table and three points clear of the relegation zone.

Securing the Manchester United academy player's services for the rest of the season would certainly give Millers fans more optimism that their team can retain their Championship status this campaign.

And, with attention now turning to upcoming fixtures against Wigan Athletic, Huddersfield Town and another clash with Blackpool, James is confident Rotherham can attain enough points to pull away from danger.

"They are good games to be going into because they are against teams in and around us so it could be the point where we could get three points and start scoring goals," he added.

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