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Speaking to Sky Sports, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed Manchester United’s summer signing Daniel James has “set the standard” with his hard work.
Now, Solskjaer has hailed the impact James has had on his team so far, and insisted his hard work on the training pitch has been there for all to see.
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He said: “You could see it meant the world to him. He’s had a summer of mixed emotions and experiences. You could see the way he celebrated, he’s been wanting that. I know for a fact after talking to him that it meant a lot for him.
“Since Daniel came in, he has proved to everyone that he is the type of player we want. He’s so hard-working. I think he set the standard straight away. On his first day, he made a recovery run that was a fifty-yard run. He won the ball, played it out to a team-mate, ran forward, had a chance blocked, won it back and within 10 seconds had scored. Everyone was saying, ‘Yeah, that’s the boy we want in our team’.
Amidst all the embarrassing talk this summer about players downing tools and agitating for moves away across the Premier League, isn’t it refreshing to see a multi-million pound player simply getting their head down and working hard?
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The likes of Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, amongst others, have been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons in recent weeks and months. Seeing a relatively unproven 21-year-old knuckle down and give 110% for his club puts those more illustrious stars to shame.
If James’ tenacity and energy rubs off on the rest of the squad, then United will be a much-changed team from what they were last season.