Solskjaer drops Daniel James hint with comment on his development at Man Utd

Manchester United winger Daniel James had a day to forget in his side’s goalless draw with Chelsea on Saturday.

But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he remains keen to push the development of the Wales winger.

James, having started the 4-1 win at Newcastle the previous week, was again in the starting XI against Lampard’s Blues.

But the former Swansea man, signed for £16million in 2019, struggled to make any impression down the United left.

Just before the hour mark, the 22-year-old was duly replaced, as Solskjaer turned to his bench in a bid to enliven a drab affair.

James scored three goals in his first four games for United last term, after stepping up from the Championship.

However, he has failed to find the net in any of his 32 league games since, with his only United goal in 14 months coming in the 5-0 Europa League win over LASK in March.

The emergence of Mason Greenwood pushed him down the pecking order, but with the teenager out the side recently, and Anthony Martial suspended, James has started once more, with Marcus Rashford leading the line.

However, Solskjaer remains keen to focus on the positives, despite hooking James before 60 minutes was up.

“Dan's confidence is high, of course, because he's starting games with the quality of players he's in the team with,” Solskjaer said.

“Against Chelsea was one of those days where he played against some good players as well, he had some moments, and we keep on working.

"Dan's had a really good impact at the club and we're looking forward to developing him more.”

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have missed out on Jadon Sancho in the summer, but he still made some big moves in the transfer market with Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani all arriving.

But their start to the season has been a mixed bag, with a home defeat to Crystal Palace and a 6-1 thrashing by Spurs at one end of the scale, and a tremendous 2-1 win over PSG in Paris at the other.

The question now is whether they can find the right balance?

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James didn’t play in the midweek Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain in France – where Martial led the line and United switched to a back three.

RB Leipzig head to Old Trafford this week to face United in Europe, before they meet Arsenal at the weekend, in what will be the final of Martial’s three match domestic ban.

Solskjaer must decide how to rotate his squad once more, and weigh up the needs for James’ development and balancing it against what his side requires.

But it seems the Norwegian will continue to look to get James as many minutes as possible moving forwards.

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