Ryan Giggs Praises 'Exciting' Daniel James Ahead of Rumoured Man United Transfer

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJune 7, 2019

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 24: Wales manager \ head coach Ryan Giggs with Daniel James of Wales during the 2020 UEFA European Championships group E qualifying match between Wales and Slovakia at Cardiff City Stadium on March 24, 2019 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)
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Wales manager and Manchester United icon Ryan Giggs believes the Red Devils would be getting an "exciting player" in Daniel James, should his transfer from Swansea City go ahead.

BBC Sport reported on Thursday that the 21-year-old is likely to finalise a move to Old Trafford before Wales' UEFA European Championship qualifier on Saturday against Croatia, with United set to pay in the region of £18 million for the player.

Giggs has worked with James in the Wales setup and is well aware of what's required to make it as a winger in Manchester.

He praised the Swansea starlet and offered some advice on how best to thrive at such a massive club, per James Nursey of the Daily Mirror:

"If it happens, United are getting an exciting player that I know that Man United fans will get behind and enjoy watching him.

"It's fantastic for everyone, for Dan, for Manchester United and a good deal for Swansea City as well. I would say enjoy it, it's the biggest club in the world so enjoy the challenge. He's potentially going there because of what he's done over the last year or so, especially the last six months. Be yourself, don't be anyone else, and you'll be fine."

The tyro enjoyed a breakthrough season in the Championship last term and showcased his quality with strikes like this:

Match of the Day @BBCMOTD

Here's what Man Utd will be getting for their money from Daniel James 🏃‍♂️💨💨💨 #MUFC #SWANS https://t.co/LUGToIPrZ6

In addition, James hasn't looked daunted by the international stage, either, netting on his Wales debut:

Sky Sports Premier League @SkySportsPL

Like what you see Man Utd fans? Swansea and Wales winger Daniel James is close to sealing a £15million move to Manchester United Full story: https://t.co/PkfzqgBi6b https://t.co/V7IYjcIZE9

James looks set to be the first signing of a busy summer for the Red Devils as they seek to improve on a disappointing previous campaign.

After a torrid start to the season, Jose Mourinho was given his marching orders, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arrived as interim manager. Following a fine start, the Norwegian was given the job on a full-time basis, only for the team's form to nosedive late in the campaign, with United finishing in sixth.

While bigger names are expected to arrive at the club in the coming months as part of a rebuild, it will be intriguing to see what kind of role James plays in the United first team next season.

Simon Peach of the Press Association thinks the Welshman ticks a lot of boxes for United and will get game time as a result:

Simon Peach @SimonPeach

@philblanche Daniel James fits the profile of young, talented British players that #MUFC have been looking at this summer. An exciting talent at a reasonable price in the modern market. While nobody at the club wants Europa League football, it should help James bed-in next season

Football journalist Sam Pilger thinks it's important more players follow James through the door at the Theatre of Dreams:

Sam Pilger @sampilger

#MUFC close to confirming the signing of Daniel James from Swansea for around £15 million. It is a promising start, strengthening the squad with a young, quick and athletic player, but the club needs and expects a lot more arrivals to follow.

In Giggs, James has an excellent sounding board available. The Wales manager is one of the most decorated footballers in the history of the British game, as he helped United win 13 Premier League titles and the UEFA Champions League twice.

While United supporters will be keen to see their new man in action, it's likely some patience will be required. In his 33 Championship appearances in 2018-19, James was only on the scoresheet on four occasions.