It was pleasing to see Dan James back on the scoresheet for Manchester United last night.
The Wales international netted the team’s second goal in a 5-0 thrashing of LASK in Austria.
It was a strange game played in front of no fans and United ran away with the victory after James’ strike doubled the advantage from Odion Ighalo’s opener.
James was clearly overjoyed to score and his face displayed real emotion as he celebrated with his teammates.
It was also notable how happy James’ United teammates were, showing how relieved they were for the winger, and how popular he is among his colleagues.
James says he has been below par
James told United’s official club website that his goalless streak and performances have been playing on his mind.
It’s been clear to see in his performances too, he’s looked anxious, and has snatched at chances in front of goal.
James said: “It is nice to score. Maybe I haven’t scored as many goals as I wanted to recently.
“I got off to a good start but recently it has not been at the standards that I have wanted to be. Thanks to all of the coaches, the manager for trusting in me, working with me every day.
“I had that chance in the first half and I was a bit gutted about it, but it was just about going out there and if I got the chance, they said to drive and have shots. That’s what I did and thankfully it went in.”
Confidence can come back
We saw what James can be capable of in his first three games for United, in which he scored three goals.
The Welshman has not scored since, and he has been over played due to a lack of options.
He has six assists this season but they have dried up recently too. His last one came in the match away at Burnley at the end of December.
The lack of production has harmed his performances and some fans have got on his back. This is part of the territory with playing for a top club.
There were some positive signs in his performance against City at the weekend. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has kept faith in him, and James acknowledges their support.
This goal will bring his confidence back and we could see an improved winger next time he’s in action.
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