Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer commended Daniel James following the Welshman struck the winning penalty from the shoot-out success against AC Milan.
The 21-year-old kept his guts to sidefoot past Pepe Reina, after David De Gea had saved out of Daniel Maldini, to guarantee that the Reds succeeded 5-4 on spot-kicks, after a 2-2 draw in Cardiff.
Speaking after the match in the Principality Stadium, the manager said the winger was a welcome addition to his United squad throughout pre-season, following coming from Swansea City in June.
“Dan is prepared to proceed. He has had a fantastic pre-season and contains fitted into the team, both as a participant in the pitch and at the group, and as an individual and a character from the team,” Ole said in his post-match media conference.
“He has been a joy to work with and that I did not give him the previous penalty, I believe he wanted it and that is always a fantastic sign.”
Daniel James speaks to MUTV pitchside following the shoot-out win against AC Milan.
James, who had started all five of those pre-season games before Saturday’s game against AC Milan, was given a rapturous reception when he came off the bench in his home nation.
The kid gave the 65,982-strong audience a concept of exactly what he could do, often outpacing reverse number Ivan Strinic down the Italians’ left flank — and that is something Ole needs to see greater of moving forward.
“I feel that is what we need a Manchester United player to perform [get the fans off their seats],” the director added.
“On the opposite side of this, as a guardian, you do not really need him running with the chunk. We only need to catch him up when he strikes the ball by getting gamers to the box for him.”
The former Swansea man joined United after having an impressive breakthrough in the Liberty Stadium last year, and Solskjaer insisted some discussion about his price tag will not weigh too heavy on our newest signing’s shoulders.
“He price what he price but I am pretty sure – actually I am convinced – he is likely to be doing nicely for us,” the boss said.