Dan James was ‘put out of comfort zone’ in talks with Man Utd boss Solskjaer

Daniel James has explained how a one-on-one chat with Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer helped him find his form, even if it did put the Welsh winger out of his comfort zone.

United signed James from Swansea in 2019 and he impressed at first, scoring on his Premier League debut against Chelsea.

Though the 23-year-old struggled in the second half of that campaign and found life tough during the early stages of the current season.

Though he has looked back to his best in recent months, and believes it is due to a conversation he had with Solskjaer at the end of 2020.

James has explained that he spoke to the boss before United took on Istanbul Besaksehir in the Champions League in November, and it proved the catalyst to his form improving.

“Sometimes it’s hard to go to the gaffer,” James said. “I speak to him every day but going to see him one-to-one, being confident and saying I’m ready to play means you have to go out of your comfort zone.

“Coming out of that meeting, I think he loved I did that. He played me, I came on and scored.”

Solskjaer has been defensive over his treatment of James with Mason Greenwood having moved ahead of him in the pecking order.

Solskjaer had said: “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.

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    “He has knuckled down and really worked to get back to full fitness but maybe more so confidence, to believe in himself.”

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