Manchester United’s Daniel James has shared a secret about what motivates him to strive to be successful.
The young player also admitted to still be feeling the pain of the death of his dad, Kevan, who passed away in May aged just 60 before the completion of his £15million switch to United from Swansea.
Kevan was a huge inspiration to James and the Wales winger says he misses him every day.
But he says knowing his dad’s expectation of him to be successful is a huge motivational factor in his development. The new United signing had this to say: “Every day, I miss him,” said James. “He always drove me on when he was here.
“There are times when I’m a bit down about it, but what he would say is just keep playing and working hard.
“I know he is looking down on me now, still driving me on.”
James has previously revealed he wants to be like Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs, who is also his coach at international level.
The 21-year-old Wales winger, who became Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first signing as United manager when he joined from Swansea in a deal worth £18m, is managed at international level by Giggs.
“Giggsy, as soon as I came into the Wales set-up, had ambitions for me,” James said.
“The way he brought me and a lot of other youngsters through has been amazing.
“He spoke to me when I first signed for United. His advice was to be myself, which is what I will try to do.
“He wasn’t a bad player was he? What he did at Manchester United was amazing. Every young winger looks up to a person like him.
“He was playing in the Premier League until he was 40 and he was still beating players. Credit to him, the way he looks after his body.
“It is amazing for me, when I go away on internationals, to learn from people like him. He is obviously someone I aspire to be like.”