The 21-year-old joins the League One side on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee to put an end to his short spell at United having joined in 2012.
Wigan boss Gary Caldwell is delighted to have completed the signing of James: “Reece is a young player with a bright future.
“He has been schooled by one of the best academies around and has impressed both at Under 21 level and whilst on loan.
“He is another who will strengthen competition on that left side, and has played as a full-back, or in a wing back role. Once again, there were clubs after him so we’re delighted to add him to the squad.”
The move comes as a bit of a surprise given that James signed a new contract with the club only last year after what was an impressive pre-season tour. That being said, the writing was on the wall after Louis van Gaal decided not to take him on this season’s US tour.
James’ exit from the club so soon after signing a new deal shows United have got their business heads screwed on again and they’ll be keen to avoid any situations like David de Gea where a player’s contract can run out.
Although he never made it into United’s first-team, Reece was always one of the most consistent performers in the U21s and he should be more than good enough to have a strong career in League One, if not the Championship.
Good luck Reece.