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James getting better and better - Giggs.

Byline: IAN MITCHELMORE @dailypostsport

RYAN Giggs believes Daniel James' mentality has dramatically improved following his failed move from Swansea City to Leeds United.

The winger was on the brink of joining Marcelo Bielsa's side in January, although the Swans pulled the plug on a potential deal at the last minute.

James returned to Swansea and embarked on a stunning run of form in the latter half of the 2018-19 campaign under Graham Potter before joining Manchester United in the summer. And Wales boss Giggs believes James has shown a mental strength similar to that of Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo since his switch to Elland Road collapsed.

"I am not surprised on how well he has done, I think everyone is surprised by how much he has played, because you could never foresee that at the beginning of the season," said Giggs.

"But with the form he's in, he's been outstanding and he is a constant threat.

"He's added even more than he had with goals and assists which is a winger's game, that is what you are out there to do.

"You work hard, that is a given, but make goals, score goals. I am pleased for him.

"We all know he is a great character and a great professional and he deserves everything he gets.

"We've all seen a big change and improvement in Dan's quality on the pitch and mentality since that Leeds move fell down.

"Every time I went to watch him at Swansea or seen him on TV, he's just got better and better.

"He takes a lot of knocks but gets up, gets on with it and demands the ball back.

"I'm not comparing him to Ronaldo but that's something, especially earlier on in his career when he took a lot of knocks, he would do. He's a fantastic character.

"To show that mentality to go to a big club like United and considering what he's been through over the last six months, no-one deserves it more.

"I think he will get better and better."

James has been one of the shining lights in what's been a turbulent campaign for the Red Devils under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer so far.

Such have been the efforts of the wideman, the Manchester United faithful have chanted his name to Joy Division's 1980 hit Love Will Tear Us Apart, a song the Red Devils previously adopted for Giggs during his time at Old Trafford.

And Giggs believes it's a measure of how well the young Welshman has performed since moving from Swansea to Manchester.

"United have signed a player who will warm himself to the fans," added Giggs.

"The history of the club means they like players who like to attack - quick, gets fans off their feet - and he's somebody who does that.

"You have to keep on developing as a player.

"In his position more assists, more goals, that's what you need to do.

"He works hard enough and it's about those decisive moments that can decide a game."

James has been included in the 27-man Wales squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers with Azerbaijan and Hungary.


| Daniel James has shown his mental toughness and huge improvement since the collapse of his proposed move to Leeds in January

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Author:IAN MITCHELMORE @dailypostsport
Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Nov 11, 2019
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