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Daniel James reveals ‘important’ advice from Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs


James has featured for United more regularly of late (Picture: Getty Images)

Daniel James has revealed the simple message from Manchester United legend and his Wales manager Ryan Giggs which he feels is the ‘best advice’ he has received over his career.

The 23-year-old joined the Red Devils from Swansea City in the summer of 2019 and was a regular feature in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in his first season, making 33 Premier League appearances.

James has found it difficult to nail down a regular starting berth in the current campaign but in recent months has been utilised more often for his pace on the counter attack.

Giggs offered James the ‘best advice’ he has ever received (Picture: Getty Images)

The winger has also impressed on the international stage for Wales under Giggs and scored a late header to earn his country a 1-0 win against Czech Republic in their 2022 World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.

Speaking on the UTD Podcast, James admitted that Giggs’ simple instruction to just be himself has resonated with him throughout his career.

‘When people ask me what’s the best advice you’ve ever been given, it would probably be from him [Giggs]. It was just ‘be yourself’, James said.

‘I relate back to maybe the end of last season, I came away from that and tried to be like other players, I looked at other players and thought I need to be like him and be like that.

‘It was this season and I kind of thought I’m here for a reason and I looked back at loads of old clips of me being me and then looked at my new clips [and thought] I’m not doing that [anymore].

‘It was a reality to check for me in that you can take from him and you can take from different players around you but ultimately, you’re here because of what you do, and it goes back to what Giggsy said to me to just ‘be yourself’, that was so important.

‘I hadn’t played as much at the start of the season, and it was about do I want to accept this and just be in the background, but I was like no, I want to be here, I don’t want to be anywhere else,‘ he added.

I spoke to the gaffer about it, and I think it was before the Champions League game versus Istanbul [Basaksehir] and I said, ‘I’m ready to play’ and he said, ‘I can see that in training, I can see that in the way you’re putting yourself [in the frame], and you look back to you again’. I said, ‘I am and I’m ready to play’.

‘He played me in that game, I came on and scored and from then on, it was about what I can go and do now and how I can get myself back in this team.

‘It was just about doing everything I can in training every day.


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