Dan James received glowing praise from former Manchester United captain Roy Keane, after he scored and assisted in the 3-1 Nations League win over Finland. The 23-year-old has endured a difficult time since the beginning of the season and has clearly been lacking confidence, something that Keane also eluded to.
The former Swansea man started the opening day defeat against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford but was subbed off at half-time.
Since then, James has played just 134 minutes of Premier League action after falling out of favour.
He certainly went the right way about forcing his way back into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s thinking though, after scoring a stunner for his country last night.
The sensational strike was enough to earn praise from pundit Keane, who claims James will be feeling refreshed ahead of his return to Carrington.
However, United decided to keep him at Old Trafford given that he was still part of Solskjaer’s plans.
While that may not be evident on the basis of recent evidence, the Norwegian has previously made it clear just how highly he rates James.
This time last year, Solskjaer claimed James could be the best defensive winger in world football.
He told the Sunday Mirror: “He is probably the best defensive winger in the world with his honesty, commitment and the way he does his recovery runs and doing his back tackles.