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Tuesday 12 November 2019

James: I'm trying to be like Ryan

Amazed: Daniel James
Amazed: Daniel James

Daniel James aspires to be like Manchester United great Ryan Giggs, whose advice and support is helping the Welsh winger live out his dreams.

Just 17 months after making his Swansea debut, James' remarkable rise shows no sign of abating - despite some knocks along the way.

Seeing a move to Leeds collapse in January was a setback, yet it meant James (21) becomes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first signing as United boss in a deal that could reach £18million. The winger has also become a Wales international and could not ask for a better mentor than national coach 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.

"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. What he did at United was amazing.

"Every young winger looks up to him. He was playing in the Premier League until he was 40 and still beating players.

"Credit to him, the way he looks after his body.

"It is amazing for me to learn from people like him. He is someone I aspire to be like."

James has made a good start at United. He's impressed in pre-season training and made his United debut in front of 50,206 fans in Saturday's 2-0 win against Perth Glory, 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.

"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 from all over is just amazing."

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