Daniel James Reveals What Solskjaer Told Him Before His Debut Goal

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Manchester United’s 4-0 triumph over Chelsea on the opening weekend of the Premier League was an all-round collection of good times for fans of the Red Devils.

The game consisted of early spells of fear when Chelsea dominated the possession and Old Trafford saw a woefully similar style of play to that of the last six years.

They were then able to recuperate well and gain confidence. In the second-half the goals continued to flow and United looked like the fear and awe-inspiring Red Devils of the past yet again.

Arguably the best part of the game came when Daniel James scored minutes after making his debut. The Theatre of Dreams and James’ teammates alike absolutely relished that emotional burst of a moment.


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Now, we know precisely what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told James that resulted in such a performance.

Speaking after the game, James revealed (Optus Sport viaMetro): “He (Solskjaer) just said go out, go and enjoy it, we’re 3-0 up, so just go and do what you’ve been doing in pre-season, work hard and you’ll get your opportunities.”

Typical Solskjaer. The philosophy of the Norwegian certainly feels fitting for a club and roster of United’s standing.


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As Peter Drury remarked during his commentary during the fixture, post-SAF United underwent a heart-transplant of sorts and now in the former striker, they may have the best possible heart-beat at last.

The 21-year-old Welsh winger went on to add: “I think for a team like Chelsea to come here and for us to do that to them shows other teams what we can do. We showed that high press today, what we can do, especially on the counter-attack we’re quite lethal.”

It is safe to assume that supporters must be already counting down the days when they’ll get to see Daniel James running down the wings again.