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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Man Utd star who gets “top marks” for Chelsea display

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given Daniel James “top marks” for his display at Stamford Bridge.

Manchester United had to settle for a draw at Chelsea with neither side able to find the net.

James has been very much a squad player in recent months having been unable to nail down regular minutes.

But two goals in successive games recently has seen the Welshman restored to the starting XI.

He was unable to help United breach the Chelsea defence, but Solskjaer was impressed with every aspect of his game.

He said on United’s official website : “He [ Daniel James ] did really well. His defending, his pressing, his energy. What we asked for, he gave us.

Dan James had his performance praised

“They kicked him between pillar and post, so top, top marks for him.”

Despite United’s intent they were unable to find a winner and slipped further behind Manchester City.

Solskjaer though is confident that his side are making forward steps and they continue to develop under him.

“We had near moments,  Mason [Greenwood]  and  Fred  had a few decent attempts but we didn’t have enough and that’s the next step for us,” he added.

“We will improve. Last season, we had some great results in a different manner, at the moment we’re trying to develop this style, develop ourselves to win these games and to have those last bits.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer felt his side should’ve had a penalty

“Defending, energy, application; everything was really good defensively.”

A crucial penalty call went against the visitors in west London.

Referee Stuart Attwell was told to consult the monitor to deem whether or not Callum Hudson-Odoi handled the ball in the area.

It wasn’t given and Solskjaer has concerns over whether referees are being influenced into not giving his side spot kicks.

“We could’ve had a penalty, it’s so clear and nailed on that you can’t even fathom why he never gave it, when he was told to have a look at it,” he claimed.

“They probably thought his hand was in a very natural position, when he flicked that ball. It’s gone now.

“We should have had a penalty, that’s clear, and I’m a bit concerned we don’t get those penalties after what noises were made a month or two ago about us getting penalties.

“Clearly, there is a point of managers influencing the referees, which they shouldn’t do.“




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