Daniel James has matched Romelu Lukaku's Man Utd scoring record vs 'top six'


Daniel James' Manchester United debut couldn't have gone any better.

His unexpected arrival at Old Trafford from Swansea City was a fairytale story in of itself, but the fact the Welshman has already made such a lasting impression is credit to his hard work.

James has been lauded for his determination since joining the club and it was only fair that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer selected him amongst the substitutes for their Premier League opener.

Starting a game against the relatively unknown quantity of Frank Lampard's Chelsea would have been a little bit much, but he was introduced with 16 minutes to go nonetheless.

By that point, the game was already out of Chelsea's reach with Anthony Martial scoring either side of a brace from Marcus Rashford, who had originally opened proceedings with a penalty.

James' debut goal

It allowed James to soak up the occasion with no pressure on his shoulders, but he did more than tick a box on his bucket-list and quickly showed everybody why Solskjaer had bought him.

In the 81st minute, James collected the ball from Paul Pogba on the right wing and after originally hesitating with his shot, beat Kepa Arrizabalaga at his far post via a deflection.

It was an emotional moment for the 21-year-old who reeled off in celebration, embraced the cheers of the home crowd and pointed to the sky in memory of his late father


James vs Lukaku against the top six

And James' goal even produced a statistic that doesn't shine too brightly on a certain Romelu Luakau, who swapped United for Inter Milan this summer to the tune of £72 million.

Astonishingly, James has already scored as many goals for United against the Premier League's 'top six' as Lukaku did in 96 appearances for the Red Devils.

Yes, you did read that right. Lukaku enjoyed a pretty solid scoring record of 42 strikes in 96 games, but just one of them came against the top dogs in English football.

Uncannily, that one strike actually came against Chelsea at Old Trafford, even in front of the Stratford End too, during a 2-1 victory in February 2017. 

Lukaku played no less than 1,495 minutes against Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal, whereas James has only amassed a mere 16. 

But James has already surpassed that tally as well as his teammates Martial and Rashford, who will look to form one of the most exciting front-lines in the Premier League this season.


There can be no doubting that the glee in Lukaku's exit was somewhat overstated, but fans can rest assured that even their young buy from Swansea seems to perform better in the big games.

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