Why Daniel James played as a striker ahead of Mason Greenwood against AZ Alkmaar
Why Daniel James played as a striker ahead of Mason Greenwood against AZ Alkmaar
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Why Daniel James played as a striker ahead of Mason Greenwood against AZ Alkmaar

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that he deployed Daniel James as a center-forward to stretch the opponents despite Mason Greenwood starting the game. 

James is a natural winger who has impressed since joining from Swansea in the summer, scoring on his debut against Chelsea and notching up goals against Crystal Palace and Southampton. Mason Greenwood lined up on the right and eventually swapped with James after the experiment.

Speaking after the game, Solskjaer explained his decision to start with James upfront, "Stretch opponents. He stretches them. We never got to grips with the astroturf until second-half. First-half, we took some time before we got control of the ball and the game.

"Dan can play down the middle, he has done before, that was a tactical tweak we tried. Of course, Mason's more natural as a center-forward so we swapped them around."

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