Giggs not surprised by Dan James’ superb start for Manchester United

Wales manager Ryan Giggs says he has not been surprised by Daniel James’ impressive start to life at Manchester United.

The Wales international moved to Old Trafford from Championship side Swansea City earlier this summer and has adapted seamlessly to life in the top flight, scoring three goals in his first four appearances for the club.

James’ form has led many to believe he can help take the pressure off star player Gareth Bale for the national side, and Giggs is hopeful the 21-year-old can maintain his form as Wales prepare to face Azerbaijan in a crucial Euro 2020 qualifier on Friday night.

“The pressure is always on Gareth, but I want to bring that off him because we can’t rely on him in every game,” Giggs said at his press conference.

“We’ve got other talented players in the squad.”

As a former Manchester United winger himself, Giggs added that he hasn’t been surprised with James’ start to life at Old Trafford.

“Dan has got off to a great start with his Manchester United career, but he’s also been brilliant for us in the last few games, especially in the summer under difficult circumstances,” he said.

“I’ve not been surprised, he’s had a good pre-season and, when you sign for a new club, that’s what you want.

“When you score, it gives you a lift. It doesn’t matter who you are in the world or what kind of ability you have. Confidence is everything and it builds.

“We all know what he’s capable of, what he’s done, especially over the last eight or nine months, he just keeps getting better and better.

“He’s at the right club, Ole (Gunnar Solskjaer) will know how to look after him and know when to play him. It’s a club where they love wingers and players who can excite fans.

“I’m pleased for him and he’s got the right character. He’s at the right club with regard to keeping his feet on the ground.”

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