Ryan Giggs recommended Ole Gunnar Solskjaer signed one player
Manchester United hero Ryan Giggs recommended Ole Gunnar Solskjaer signed Daniel James. The Wales international has impressed in his first season at Old Trafford, netting four goals and chipping in with six assists.
Wales boss Giggs knows James well from their time working with the national team.
United hero Giggs says Solskjaer asked him whether James would be a good fit at Old Trafford.
And Giggs revealed he was full of praise for the ex-Swansea winger and backed Solskjaer to sign him.
“Ole asked me about him,” Giggs told the Webby & O’Neill channel.
“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.”
James, who almost joined Leeds in 2019 before the deal collapsed at the last minute, has impressed at United this season, despite many expecting him to be a squad player under Solskjaer.
And Giggs has hailed James, claiming he's proved his worth to Solskjaer.
He added: “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].”
United are ready for a busy summer transfer window, with Solskjaer ready to sign Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.
Should United land the England international, James' game time at Old Trafford would likely reduce.