Date of publication: Sunday, July 14, 2019 8:13
Daniel James he wants to be a great Ryan Giggs as Manchester United, whose advice, conviction and support helps the Welshman who did not ask about joining the club.
Only 17 months after he first appeared for Swansea, the exceptional rise of the 21-year-old does not show any signs of decline – despite some noticeable strokes along the way.
The transition to the collapse of Leeds at the start of the year seemed to mean that James would instead become the first signature of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as United manager in a deal that could reach about £ 18 million.
The winger also became international Wales at the time and could hardly have applied for a better mentor as an international manager Giggs, who knows what the success of Old Trafford.
"Giggsy, as soon as I arrived in Wales, he had ambitions for me," James said.
"The way he brought me and many other young people was incredible.
"He was telling me when I signed for United for the first time. His advice was to be myself, which I will try to do.
"He was not a bad player, did he? What he did in Manchester United was amazing.
"Every young wing looks at a person like him.
"Before the age of 40, he played in the Premier League and still beat the players.
"You earned him how to care for his body.
"It's amazing that when I go to international circles, I learn from people like him. Obviously, there's someone I want.
Approaching the influence of Giggs will be difficult, but James has a good start in United and on the pitch.
The 21-year-old made an impression in pre-season training and spent more time than any of my colleagues who signed the autographs and asked for self-portraits on Thursday, when WACA attended 12,000 fans.
Two days and 50,206 were present as James first appeared in the club with a 2-0 win against Perth Glory at the Optus Mammoth Stadium, where he was an extraordinary player in the first half.
"Walking out there, with the amount of fans that came from everywhere, is surreal," says James. "Playing with these players is the realization of dreams.
"I do not believe that (the signature of all these autographs on Thursday) will ever sink in the truth.
"Walking at Old Trafford is great. Then it will probably sink in.
"But the number of fans who have come to the training point to the support that this club has. The number of enthusiasts who came from all over the world tonight is incredible. "
James barely stopped when he joined the group – which is in contrast to the negativity surrounding the club after a bad season and the lack of summer activities.
Asked if this negativity had been decided before him, James said: "Not at all. When you call a club like Manchester United, you can not say no.
"As soon as they did it, there was no thought in my mind that I would not be here. Today, the support was absolutely incredible. I'm so glad I'm here. "