Manchester United winger Daniel James is ‘probably the best defensive winger in the world’, according to boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
James has settled in brilliantly at Old Trafford following his £15m move from Swansea City this summer.
Many fans had expected to see the Welshman in a sporadic first-team role this season, but he has been a mainstay in Solskjaer’s preferred front three with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
The 22-year-old has scored 3 goals and contributed 2 assists in 12 Premier League appearances, but it’s his work off the ball that has been impressing the United boss.
“He is very analytical and is critical of himself, so he is the right type. The attributes are what you see first. His speed, his one-against-one skills,” Solskjaer told the Daily Mirror.
“He is probably the best defensive winger in the world with his honesty, commitment and the way he does his recovery runs and doing his back tackles.
“It is unbelievable, but that is also base for his attacking football because it gives him the space to run into, so I am not that surprised, though very pleased, of course.
“He is only going to improve by the coaching and the exposure he gets at Old Trafford because when you are not fazed by (being) a Manchester United player then the limit must be sky-high.”
Solskjaer clearly thinks very highly of the Welshman, who starts on the right flank for the Reds today away to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. A win would take United into fifth position in the table.
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