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“He ripped nearly every full-back in that division apart” – Giggs says Man Utd deal for James was a no-brainer

By Ben Green

Published: 17:54, 20 August 2019

Manchester United legend and Wales manager Ryan Giggs says Daniel James’ move to Old Trafford was a no-brainer for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The 21-year-old has impressed since joining the Red Devils from Swansea City earlier this summer, scoring on his debut against Chelsea.

Was James deal a no-brainer? Five things to know…

  • James was picked up for a modest £15m earlier this summer.
  • He immediately impressed in pre-season with his quick feet and fluidity.
  • James made his debut in the 4-0 win over Chelsea, opening his account in the process.
  • As such Solskjaer rewarded him with a starting berth against Wolves on Monday.
  • James showed a few glimmers of his promise but didn’t quite have the same impact as his introduction.

The four-capped Wales international followed up his substituted appearance against the Blues by starting in the 1-1 draw with Wolves on Monday night.

He failed to influence the match at Molineux to the same degree as his introduction a week prior, but Giggs believes the pace merchant will ultimately prove a resounding success in the North West.

He told Premier League Productions: “Ole asked me about him and I just told him that he is a player with plenty of potential.

“He’s really quick, a great lad, someone who you want in the dressing room, a great character. So, it was a no-brainer really, because he is a talent.

“From a standing start he is quick and he will beat anyone.

“It’s just that, like any other young winger, the finishing touches, that final ball, scoring more goals, which he will get better at.

“I watched him a lot for Swansea last year and he ripped nearly every full-back in that division apart.”

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“There’s not many players that can do that”

James wasn’t the only player to catch the eye of Giggs, with the Welshman reserving special praise for scorer Anthony Martial, believing the Frenchman now has the “promise” to deliver for an entire match and not just in fleeting moments.

He added: “I’ve worked with him and he can do it.

“He is strong, and he can hold up the ball, proper centre-forward play. Balls into the channel, chesting it down, holding it up and laying it off and getting in the box, I think there’s a lot of promise there.

“He has to do it now for 90 minutes. If I was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer watching that, I’d be very pleased with his overall performance.

“Of course you look at goals, what could you have done better defensively, but you’ve just got to look at the goal and think: ‘Well done, great strike.’ There’s not many players that can do that.”