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Manchester United winger Daniel James said comparisons of 'the next Gareth Bale' are 'silly.'

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The 22-year-old looks up to the Real Madrid star but says he's not supposed to be in the same bracket as him

Manchester United winger Daniel James said comparisons of 'the next Gareth Bale' are 'silly.'

James, 22, moved from Swansea to Old Trafford last summer and made 27 league appearances for his new side, scoring three goals and creating six more but he hasn't scored since August.

Nevertheless, he continues to make inroads into the international Wales establishment, with his position and nationality setting him up for comparison with the Real Madrid ace.

"It's obviously amazing to play with him for Wales," James, who was capped for his country six times, scoring two goals, told Sky Sports. "He's a terrific guy. He's great with the kids, and around the place.

"What he did in his career, how he went from left-back to left-midfielder to win the Champions League-it's just incredible what he did.

"He's one of those players you're looking up to, but I think it's a bit stupid to compare him."

Meanwhile the youngster has revealed that club-mate Juan Mata was one of the greatest influences in his career.

"When I first met him, he came and sat next to me in the changing room and said: 'I know it's a big move for you, there's my number if you need anything here and if you ever need to talk about anything I'm here.' That was obviously great for me," he explained.

"On the pitch he is so gracious. I remember when he won it for Chelsea I got one of his shirts, his Europa League Shirt.

"He is just someone I've always been looking up to and playing in the same team as him is just surreal to me."

Although James' form tailed away in early 2020, he continued to be a regular in Manchester United starting XI until the coronavirus outbreak put the season on hold.

At present, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side sits fifth on 45 points in the Premier League standings, with it unclear how – or even if – the current campaign will be completed.