Daniel James sends message to Man United fans about Ryan Giggs

New Man United signing Daniel James want to emulate club legend Ryan Giggs

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Photo: Sky Sports)

Daniel James says he’s hoping to emulate Welsh legend Ryan Giggs at Manchester United.

The 21-year-old became the first signing of the summer transfer window at Old Trafford after James completed a £18m move to Manchester United from Championship side Swansea City in June.

James opted to move to Manchester United despite the Wales international being linked with a potential switch to Champions League winners Liverpool FC.

Wales head coach Giggs is thought to have played a role in James’ decision to move to Manchester United.

And the Red Devils signing has spoken of his aspirations to be like Giggs at Manchester United.

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

“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.

“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 made his Manchester United debut in a 2-0 victory over Perth Glory in the club’s pre-season tour of Australia last week.

The promising midfielder signed a five-year deal with Manchester United after he completed his move to the 20-time English champions.

The Welsh winger scored four times in 33 games in the Championship last season in his breakthrough campaign at Swansea.

Giggs handed James his Wales debut in 2019 – and the Manchester United signing scored his first international goal in a 1-0 victory over Slovakia in the Euro 2020 qualifier.

Giggs won 13 Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues and 963 United appearances during a decorated career at Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson.

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