James aiming to emulate Man Utd legend Giggs

The new Red Devils speed merchant hopes to tear up the Old Trafford wings as his Wales boss used to

Daniel James says he is aiming to emulate Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs as he begins his Red Devils career.

Having joined the Old Trafford club this summer, rapid Wales winger James already plays under Giggs at intrernational level and has the man himself as the perfect mentor.

James became Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first signing of the summer when he arrived from Swansea City and is keen to follow in Giggs’ footsteps for the Red Devils. 

“Giggsy, as soon as I came into the Wales set-up, had ambitions for me,” James told reporters

“The way he brought me and a lot of other youngsters through has been amazing.

“He spoke to me when I first signed for United. His advice was to be myself, which is what I will try to do”.

The 21-year-old is in awe of learning from the best in the game and hopes to emulate Giggs’ success and longevity.

“He wasn’t a bad player was he? What he did at Manchester United was amazing. Every young winger looks up to a person like him.

“He was playing in the Premier League until he was 40 and he was still beating players. Credit to him, the way he looks after his body.

“It is amazing for me, when I go away on internationals, to learn from people like him. He is obviously someone I aspire to be like.”

James has impressed in his early days with United and caught the eye in Saturday’s 2-0 friendly victory over Perth Glory at the Optus Stadium.

“Walking out there, with the amount of fans that have come from everywhere is surreal, really,” he added. “Playing with those players is a dream come true.”

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James will hope to keep his place in the team ahead of United’s Premier League opener against Chelsea on August 11.

The youngster’s journey to Old Trafford has not been as straight forward as it may seem – back in 2017-18, the midfielder was sent back to Swansea from a loan spell at Shrewsbury Town in League One without making an appearance.

However, he played in 33 Championship games last term for the Welsh club which helped convince United to make their move.

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