It was a look of sheer delight on Gareth Bale’s face as Manchester United new boy Daniel James’ first-half goal gave Wales a 1-0 friendly victory over Belarus in Cardiff.

James has been in outstanding scoring form since his summer switch from Swansea to Manchester United, and the 21-year-old winger was on target again after 17 minutes.

Jonny Williams fed him down the left and James curled the ball brilliantly across goalkeeper Maksim Plotnikov from 18 yards and into the far corner of the net.

Wales skipper and Real Madrid star Gareth Bale – who replaced James five minutes after the restart – looked absolutely thrilled with the strike from the new United signing, check out his reaction (2 min 11 secs) in the video below –

Ryan Giggs described Daniel James as unstoppable after the Manchester United winger maintained his hot scoring streak in Wales’ 1-0 friendly win over Belarus.

James – who has scored three goals in four games for United since his summer switch from Swansea – curled home a superb 17th-minute winner from 18 yards.

The 21-year-old was a constant danger before replaced after 50 minutes by Gareth Bale, who started on the bench and passed on the captain’s armband to Joe Allen.

“He (James) is one of those players, you know what he’s going to do but you can’t stop it,” Wales manager Giggs said.

“There are so many goals (he’s scored) like that. He can go either way.

“Early on when I saw DJ, just like any young winger, there can be that improvement in the final ball and scoring more goals.

“But he’s doing that. To do what he’s done at the start of the season is amazing.

“The next step obviously is that consistency, which he’s shown so far and he needs to carry on. But I’ve got no doubts that will happen because he wants to be the best.”

Giggs made five changes from the side that had beaten Azerbaijan 2-1 in Euro 2020 qualifying on Friday.

Bristol City midfielder Joe Morrell and Wigan striker Kieffer Moore made their debuts and it proved a comfortable Cardiff victory against limited opposition.

On a positive night that brought a rare clean sheet for Wales, there was further good news in their European Championship qualifying section.

Leaders Croatia were held 1-1 by bottom team Azerbaijan in Baku, while Hungary – who started the evening in second spot – lost 2-1 at home to Slovakia.

“I don’t think they’re the worst results in the world,” Giggs said.

“It was a difficult one with Hungary and Slovakia. We definitely didn’t want a Hungary win.

“But we’ve got to focus on ourselves. It’s still in our hands.

“It’s been a good week training and I’ll look keenly at a couple of players who could make the squad for the next game.

“I just hope everyone else stays healthy, and the key for me is for my players to get games.

“All I ask is that they’re playing – if I’m going to be greedy, playing in the positions I want them to be playing in. That’s the ideal situation for an international manager.

“But I’m delighted with the way the two games have gone.”

Loading...
Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Sign Up for Our Newsletters

Get notified of the best News.

You May Also Like

Liverpool show grit, worry mounts for Arsenal and Man United as horror injury darkens Premier League weekend

Liverpool rescued a crucial victory at Aston Villa deep into stoppage time…

Controversial decision to deny Real Madrid a penalty has VAR under fire yet again

Real Madrid had to satisfy themselves with a dry goalless draw at…

What the stats tell us as Man City seek their first Premier League win at Anfield in 16 years

Liverpool and Manchester City go head-to-head for the first time in this…

Mateo Kovacic’s performance for Chelsea against Watford broke Squawka’s heatmap

Chelsea racked up a fifth successive Premier League victory with a 2-1…