What Ryan Giggs has said about Manchester United transfer target Rabbi Matondo
Ryan Giggs appears to be a great admirer of rumoured Manchester United transfer target, Rabbi Matondo, and last year likened the winger's 'electrifying pace' to the incredible speed of Daniel James.
The Red Devils have reportedly identified Schalke's Matondo, 19, as an ideal back-up option for Jadon Sancho, 20, in case they fail with a bid to sign the Borussia Dortmund forward in the summer transfer window.
Like Sancho, Matondo departed Manchester City's academy for better opportunities in the Bundesliga and the Liverpool-born Wales international has impressed in Germany's top flight this season.
It's understood United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer view Matondo as a 'low-risk buy', as was the case last summer when they spent £15million on Swansea speedster James.
Wales manager Giggs, arguably the greatest winger in United's history, compared the two players during an international meet-up last year and said Matondo's phenomenal speed 'always keeps you interested' as a spectator.
However, he suggested Matondo still has areas he needs to 'develop' in order to further trouble opposition defenders.
'I was slightly surprised when he went [to Schalke], but he is a talent,' Giggs said.
'If he is half as successful as Sancho has been so far I'll be happy.
'He was really good with us in Albania [Wales's last game in November]. I thought he did really well when he came on.
'Just like Dan James he has electrifying pace. And that always keeps you interested.
'Obviously after that you have to develop. If a full-back works you out you have to have that Plan B. But both are talented players who could hurt teams.'
United have been forced to scour the market for alternative options to Sancho, with Dortmund's managing director playing down rumours the England international could be on the move this summer.
'We want to keep our players at for as long as possible,' Carsten Cramer said earlier this week.
'The fewer clubs interested in Jadon, the less we would complain.
Sancho and Matondo are set to come up against each other this weekend when the Bundesliga resumes as Dortmund play host to Schalke at an empty Westfalenstadion.