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Solskjaer singles out this Man United star for praise following recent resurgence

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21: Daniel James of Manchester United celebrates with Anthony Martial after scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on February 21, 2021 in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Solskjaer heaps the praise on Manchester United ace Daniel James following recent resurgence

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come out with some encouraging words for resurgent Manchester United ace Daniel James following his display against Newcastle (h/t Daily Mail). James scored the vital second goal in the 3-1 win which put the hosts ahead in the second half.

In what was James’ first league start in 2021, his crucial goal drew praise from Solskjaer who said that the Welsh speedster is reaping the rewards of his hard work in training. Despite James fizzling out after a good start last season, Solskjaer has denied anything such.

TURIN, ITALY – FEBRUARY 18: Daniel James of Manchester United celebrates after scoring their sides fourth goal with teammate Harry Maguire during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Real Sociedad and Manchester United at Allianz Stadium on February 18, 2021, in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

“He has never disappeared, he’s been working hard behind the scenes, always been available, always a player you can use in different positions. He is learning the game and I’m very happy for him. We work with him, we try to help everyone.”

Solskjaer further insisted that a move for a club of Manchester United’s stature from the Championship can be overawing but praised James for toughing it out.

“Dan came from the Championship up to Man United, hit a few goals in his first games it’s bound to take some energy away from you with the headlines and media attention but he has knuckled down and worked to get that confidence to believe in himself. Now he knows he is a good player.”

Daniel James has made a fine start to life at Manchester United
Daniel James has struggled after a fine start to life at Old Trafford

This was James’ second goal in as many games after he found the net against Real Sociedad in midweek. He also bagged an assist in that game. With his goal against Newcastle, James surpassed his last season’s tally of four goals in 46 games. Currently, he has 5 goals from 13 games.

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It has been a good turnaround from a player who had seemingly fallen to the fringes with the likes of Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial regarded as first-choice, James hardly got games to his name.

However, with a number of matches to play in the coming weeks, James’ upturn in form has come at a good time for Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Written by George Baker

Full-time football fan, half-time football writer. Way too big of a Manchester United fan. GGMU.

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