Ryan Giggs backs Daniel James to shine in the Premier League

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United legend Ryan Giggs has claimed that winger Daniel James can handle all the difficulties that come with playing in the Premier League.

The former United player is currently James’ coach at the Wales national team, and he believes that the young winger has done well in his first season in the Premier League.

“Dan has done fantastic,” the Wales boss told BBC Sport.

“To make that step up to United and to have the start that he did, he’s fine. I’ve seen quite a lot of him and he’s done fine this year. He’s played a lot of games, but that’s good. The more games you play, the better experience you will have.

“No. Dan’s a tough cookie, he gets kicked. He’s played in the Championship – when you play in the Championship for a couple of seasons you are robust and you are ready for the Premier League.”

The 22-year-old switched from Championship side Swansea to United last summer. He won the club’s Player of the Month award after scoring three goals in August. The winger is yet to find the back of the net since then.

“When you set a standard and you just drop below it then you are open to criticism, but Dan is still doing fine,” Giggs added. “I’ve always maintained that he’s at a good club, with a good manager who will handle him right.

“Dan is one of those players that will keep improving. Wingers, your job is score goals and make goals, that final ball, trying to get up to those double figures in goals – these are the things that wide players have got to do, and Dan will get there.”

James has made 32 appearances across all competitions in his first season at Old Trafford. He’s set up seven goals this term, including six assists in the Premier League.