Ryan Giggs makes Daniel James and Cristiano Ronaldo comparison
Ryan Giggs has made a comparison between Daniel James and Cristiano Ronaldo due to the harsh treatment dished out on them by opposition defenders.
James has been fouled 27 times in the Premier League this season, with just five other players in the top flight having been fouled more.
And former Manchester United player Ryan Giggs has praised James for his resilience in the face of rough treatment.
“Dan takes a lot of knocks but gets up, gets on with it and demands the ball back," Giggs said after naming the 22-year-old in Wales' squad for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Azerbaijan and Hungary.
“Ronaldo, especially earlier on in his career, took a lot of knocks and would still demand the ball. It shows huge bravery.
“Dan’s a fantastic character and great professional.
“It was a physical game. You’ve got to stand up for yourself. You’ve got to trust in the referee as well that he protects the players.
“Over the years forwards have been more and more protected. But we have a few players who receive nasty treatment because of the quality they possess.”
On James' encouraging start to his United career, Giggs added: “United fans like players who like to attack, who gets the fans off their feet — and he’s somebody who does that.
“With the form he’s in, he has been outstanding and a constant threat. He’s added goals and assists, which is a wingers’ game. He will get better and better — and I’m pleased for him.”