James has struggled at United since a bright spell at the beginning of last season, as he is on the periphery of the first team when all players are fit.
But the 23-year-old has started eight of the last ten games for United, scoring some crucial goals along the way.
James has continued his form with Wales, scoring a vital winner for his nation against Czech Republic on Wednesday in a World Cup Qualifier.
He said, per The Sun: "I wasn't playing much and I thought, 'Do I accept this and just be in the background?'.
"I wanted to be at United — I didn't want to be anywhere else.
"I spoke to the gaffer before the Istanbul Champions League game and told him I was ready to play.
"He said, 'I can see the way you're training — and you look back to being you again'.
"Sometimes it's hard to go to the gaffer. I speak to him every day but going to see him one-to-one, being confident and saying I'm ready to play means you have to go out of your comfort zone.
"Coming out of that meeting,I think he loved I did that. He played me, I came on and scored."
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