Manchester United legend and current Wales boss Ryan Giggs has issued a message urging Daniel James to stop trying too hard in an attempt to rediscover his form from the beginning of the 2019/20 campaign.
James, 22, burst onto the scene after making his £15m switch from Championship side Swansea in the summer of 2019 when he scored on his debut against Chelsea in a 4-0 thrashing.
The Welsh winger has since endured a tough run of form having not scored or provided an assist since the sport’s restart with his last contribution coming against LASK in the Europa League back in March.
United legend and James’ international boss Ryan Giggs has recently issued a message to James, offering some valuable advice to the raw attacker.
Speaking on the Webby & o’Neill YouTube channel, Giggs said: “He came in and scored on his home debut against Chelsea and did really well but it’s not easy when defences and everyone is behind the ball.
“Then what happens is you try too hard and you don’t have your natural game. He is still young because he’s only really had one season at Swansea. He’d been on loan moves to Shrewsbury.
“He is definitely a player that will get better because he wants to get better, he’s a great lad.
“Even if he’s not having a really great game he’s always putting the opposition on the back foot because they know what he’s capable of [with his speed].”
James’ arrival in Manchester nearly didn’t happen when rivals Leeds attempted to secure the winger during the 2019 January window, only for the deal to fall-through at the very last minute.
The deal’s collapse allowed Solskjaer and Manchester United to swoop in for James the following summer. It has often been believed that Giggs advised Solskjaer to sign James having experienced the electric winger first hand at international level.
However, during the same interview, Giggs confirmed that the speculation surrounding his involvement of the transfer of James, Giggs said: “Ole was the one that came to me, it wasn’t the other way [around].
“It was last season. He nearly went to Leeds before that so Ole knew about him and the club had been watching him.
“It was a no-brainer. He’s like that [on an upward trajectory] in his career. As a lad he’s a great lad as well, he wants to get better and he’s someone that wants to learn. He’s someone I thought would be suited to this place.”