Ryan Giggs expects great things from impressive Manchester United youngster
Ryan Giggs believes there are great things to come from Manchester United and Wales youngster Dylan Levitt - and has revealed the teenager has set high standards in training for the national side.
The Wales boss has regularly picked Levitt in his squads recently, though the United midfielder is yet to win his first cap.
Levitt is highly regarded at Old Trafford, having starred for the club's Under-23s this season and made his United senior debut against Astana in November last year.
Giggs explained in a WalesOnline interview his policy of picking young players like Levitt for Wales and why you need competition for places, like he had growing up under Sir Alex Ferguson at United.
"We just needed to get the balance right," he said. "Some of those senior players you talk of were still playing well, and regularly at club level.
"But at Man United we became accustomed to competition for places and I wanted that with Wales, too. Believe me it does make a difference, even in training where everyone steps up, the standard improves and that invariably spills over into matches.
"Look at someone like Dylan Levitt. He's 19, hasn't even played yet, but we've called him into the squad and he's been fantastic in training.
"Seeing that standard from someone who hasn't started a game can only have a good effect on everyone else."
Giggs believes the fearlessness of young players contributes to their success - if the talent is there - and again referenced his own development as a member of United's Class of 92. Along with Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and David Beckham, he was helped by senior players in Ferguson's team led by Eric Cantona.
"I saw the two sides of this myself as a player," he added on learning from others.
"First when that group of us came through together in the '90s. You play without fear, but you also quickly improve because you're suddenly next to senior stars, who can see a pass, guide you in the right direction. The environment is good for everyone."