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Ryan Giggs reflects on changing Daniel James

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Daniel James moved from Swansea to Manchester United in an unlikely transfer which raised many eyebrows.

A jump from English second division to the senior team is a big task, let alone when we’re talking about a 21-year old.

However, Daniel James fulfilled and overachieved expectations. While everyone expected him to slowly integrate, James already secured his spot in the starting eleven.

This is no coincidence. Not only did James score three goals already, but he’s proven himself as a workhorse, running for the entirety of the match.

In the last night’s Arsenal derby, Daniel James was one of the rare bright spots for Manchester United.

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 30: Sokratis Papastathopoulos of Arsenal battles for possession with Daniel James of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal FC at Old Trafford on September 30, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Perhaps one of the reasons for James’ move to United could be Ryan Giggs.

The manager of the Welsh national team called-up Daniel James to play for Wales back in November 2018.

Giggs says he notices a positive change, mainly in James’ fitness, as he had some issues with it in the past.

Schmeichel and Giggs discussed Daniel James in Premier League Productions.

Schmeichel started praising the youngster, saying:

“What a player he is promising to be.

“Ryan he is a fantastic player, you must be so happy to have him in your Welsh squad.”

Giggs gave his thoughts about the youngster:

“Yeah [I’m happy to have him at Wales] and also he is improving every game.

“His final ball, I said that’s the thing with young wingers, they’re up and down with their final delivery, can they score more goals?

“And he’s brave, he’s brave both with and without the ball.

“He always keeps you interested because he can go both ways, he can dribble, he can pass and run, so he can penetrate behind.

“His fitness also, end of last season, beginning of last season, he was struggling, he was coming off after 60-70 minutes.

“But now his fitness is getting better and he’s a threat, he’s a threat every time he gets the ball.

“And also when he loses the ball he doesn’t sulk, he wins it back quickly, which all wingers should do really.”

Daniel James played the full match against Arsenal, showing that his fitness issues are a thing of the past.