Daniel James has come in for plenty of criticism in recent weeks.
The Welsh winger hit the ground running after his move from Swansea last summer, scoring three goals in his first four Premier League games.
But his form fizzled out as the season progressed and he has not found the net in the Premier League since a fine strike against Southampton last August.
After being left out of the squad for two straight games, James was handed a recall to the starting line-up in a new-look attack for Saturday’s 4-1 win at Newcastle.
Solskjaer heaped praise on James after the game as he praised him for taking his chance – and he outlined the qualities he believes he brings to the side.
Solskjaer told United’s official website: “Dan’s strength, you know, is his incredible speed.
“Today, I thought he showed productivity and trusted himself. We work with all the players and tell them to express themselves and show what they’ve got.
“Juan and Bruno [Fernandes] were in the pockets and Dan and Marcus were working hard to run in behind them and be positive.
”All of them did fantastic but I’m very pleased for Dan.
“He’s been away with Wales and missed a few games for us with a bad cold. Today, it was a very good performance by Dan.”
Juan Mata also impressed on his reintroduction.
“Of course, I get questions about our players when they play and why they don’t play,” Solskjaer said, when asked if Mata needs to start more regularly.
“We have many good players and it’s about taking your chances when you do get them. Juan has definitely done so.
”Juan is playing fantastic. He is so professional and everyone in the team knows his qualities. He has been so patient, waiting for the chance.”