Solskjaer Loved What Daniel James Did Against Tottenham

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been left impressed with Daniel James’ bravery.

The 21-year-old has been sensational since he joined Manchester United from Swansea City, having performed quite well during the pre-season.

While the Welshman still needs to work on his finishing and decision-making, he has managed to simply blow the supporters away with his lighting-quick pace.

James has certainly got speed and skills in his locker, but the quality that has impressed manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the most is the bravery that the forward displays on the pitch.


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During Thursday’s friendly encounter against Tottenham Hotspur, which the Mancunians won 2-1, James was subjected to numerous hard tackles by Moussa Sissoko. In fact, the Frenchman even appeared to stamp on the youngster at one point.

However, the Manchester United winger got back up each and every time, and he has earned plaudits for the same.


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Speaking about protecting his players from risky challenges during his post-match interview, Solskjaer stated: “Of course we want them to be looked after. But it’s a man’s sport, we can’t lose tackling in football as long as you tackle fairly.

“Dan is so quick and it’s not easy to time tackles against him. I can understand why players mistime tackles against him and he’s a brave little boy and he jumps.

“He’s taken a few knocks over the tour but, as an old man, I like to see tackles. There’s no rolling about, or diving [with James]. If he stays down he’s injured but he gets up when he’s just hurt. There’s a difference between being hurt and injured.”