Daniel James with Manchester United fans

The 21-year-old was booked for simulation in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw at Wolves.


Wales manager Ryan Giggs echoed fans’ sentiments when it comes to winger Daniel James and said Manchester United new boy is no diver and needs extra protection from referees.

James was booked for simulation on his first United start in Monday’s 1-1 Premier League draw at Wolves, his every touch booed thereafter by the Molineux faithful.

But Giggs said 21-year-old speedster James – who scored on his United debut as a substitute in the opening-day 4-0 win over Chelsea – needs greater protection after being fouled several times at Wolves.

Manchester United v Chelsea – Premier League – Old Trafford
Daniel James, right, was booked for simulation in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw at Wolves (Martin Rickett/PA)

“You’ve seen he gets kicked a lot,” Giggs said after naming James in his 26-man squad for next month’s crunch Euro 2020 qualifier against Azerbaijan in Cardiff.

“Sometimes when you anticipate it, it can look live a dive. The speed he’s going at it can look worse, but I’m not worried about that.

“He gets a lot of stick and referees need to protect him.

An alternate angle of the incident has now surfaced online and it shows that Joao Moutinho clearly clipped James, thus making the winger fall –

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