‘He never disappeared’ – Solskjaer heaps praise on Man Utd comeback star James
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has heaped praise on Daniel James after he netted the winner in their 3-1 victory over Newcastle United on Sunday, adding that the winger has “never disappeared” from his plans despite existing on the fringes of his squad.
The Wales international helped restore the lead at Old Trafford just before the hour mark for the hosts, before Bruno Fernandes’ penalty confirmed a three-point haul against Steve Bruce’s Magpies.
It marked the second time in four days the former Swansea man has found the back of the net after he grabbed his chance against Real Sociedad in the Europa League on Thursday and his manager had nothing but kind words to say for how he has applied himself since his arrival in 2019.
Solskjaer on James
“He never disappeared. He has been working hard behind the scenes and always been available. He is always a player you can use in different areas with his energy and pace,” the Norwegian told BT Sport.
“We work with him, we try to help everyone but of course Dan came from the Championship, he hit a few goals in the first games and it is bound to take some energy from you. full story
Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer vows to fight on in Premier League title race after closing gap to 10 points
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned Manchester City there will be no let up from his side in their bid to apply pressure in the Premier League title race following Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Newcastle at Old Trafford.
After managing one victory in their previous five top-flight matches, Solskjaer felt Thursday’s 4-0 Europa League victory against Real Sociedad showed his side had got over their recent slump and United got back to winning ways domestically after seeing off the threat of relegation-threatened Newcastle.
While they fell short of those standards on Sunday, second-half goals from Daniel James and Bruno Fernandes goals secured victory after Allan Saint-Maximin had cancelled out Marcus Rashford’s fine opener – and Solskjaer refused to rule out catching their neighbours at the summit despite City’s 10-point advantage. full story
The Fernandes Show
Bruno Fernandes was at the heart of another dominant Manchester United display this weekend with the Portuguese continuing to weave his magic spell on the Premier League in victory over Newcastle United.
The talismanic playmaker has proven himself very much the indispensible lynchpin of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s revamp at Old Trafford since his arrival at the start of last year and has been at the heart of their best performances this season.
He was in the thick of the action once again as his manager downed former United compatriot Steve Bruce’s Magpies, setting up an assist for Dan James’ effort just before the hour mark before converting from the penalty spot to assure victory with a quarter-hour to go.
Fernandes sets more markers
It was another game that saw Fernandes further underline his credentials as one of the best players in Europe, with his spot-kick conversion of particular interest.
With 11 successful attempts now, it further increases a tailly that, since his debut for United in February last year, has seen him notch up more than any other top-flight team alone.