Ryan Giggs tipped to play crucial role in Dan James development at Man Utd

Former Manchester United and Wales winger Mickey Thomas believes current Red Devils wideman Daniel James will benefit from working with national team boss Ryan Giggs.

Like Thomas and now James, Giggs also played out wide for United and Wales and Thomas thinks the 22-year-old could do with some support from the Wales manager in order to get his season back on track.

After an excellent start to life at Old Trafford, where he netted three goals in his opening four Premier League games, James’ form has tailed off.

The forward has now gone ten games in all competitions without a goal involvement of any kind and could be at risk of losing his place in the starting lineup.

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However, Thomas appears to be a big fan of James and thinks he would benefit from Giggs’ vast experience ahead of Wales’ Euro 2020 campaign.

“No-one knows better than Ryan about the pressures of playing for Manchester United as a young winger,” he told the Sunday Mirror. ”A little chat about that would do Daniel the world of good.

“Ryan really rates Dan. He sees him as an important part of his Wales squad with Euro 2020 just around the corner.

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“I don't think Dan expected to play every game when he joined United, but he started so brilliantly he kept his place.

“That gave him confidence. Some of that seems to have left him and he has struggled, but he's still young. But there's too much quality already in [the wide] area, with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, so Dan finds himself on the right.

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“He is also discovering that when you play for Manchester United everything you do is scrutinised. There is no let-up if things aren't going for you.

“But what I really like is that he can look after himself when the tackles come flying in. Okay, he's gone off the boil a bit, but he's a confident young man who can turn it around.”

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