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Manchester United news: Daniel James reveals Wales manager and Red Devils legend Ryan Giggs is his inspiration

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Daniel James has aspirations to be like Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs.

The winger joined the Red Devils this summer from Swansea in a deal worth up to £18million.

The 21-year-old has also become a Wales international and could scarcely ask for a better mentor than international manager Giggs, who knows a thing or two about succeeding at Old Trafford.

“Giggsy, as soon as I came into the Wales set up, had ambitions for me,” James said.

Dan James showed plenty of promise on Manchester United’s pre-season tour
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“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.”

Making anywhere near the impact of Giggs will be difficult, but James has made a good start to life at United on and off the pitch.

The 21-year-old has impressed in pre-season training and spent more time than any of his team-mates signing autographs and posing for selfies on Thursday when 12,000 fans came descended on the WACA for training.


Two days on and 50,206 were in attendance as James made his first appearance for club in a 2-0 win against Perth Glory at the mammoth Optus Stadium, where he was the standout performer in the first half.

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

“I don’t think it (signing all those autographs on Thursday) will ever sink in, really.

“Walking out at Old Trafford is the big one. That is when it will probably sink in.

“But the amount of fans that came to training shows the support this club has got. The amount of fans that turned up tonight from all over is just amazing.”



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