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Man Utd legend Giggs gives transfer advice to Solskjaer – and provides Fernandes verdict

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Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs feels Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs ‘four or five’ new signings to help the club challenge the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City for the Premier League title. And the Wales manager also praised Bruno Fernandes for lifting the club since his January arrival from Sporting Lisbon. Giggs was talking to the Red Devils’ official website and wasn’t afraid to speak openly about the task his old team-mate has on his hands.

Giggs also admitted that it was a shame the coronavirus crisis brought football to a halt, with United in the midst of an 11-game unbeaten run beforehand.

“It was a shame we had to pause the season because we were flying,” he said.

“Ole started his management with United flying, then had a tough spell, and then we were on a good run. But, like I said earlier, the players he’s got in have been really impressive.

“They’ve improved the team and the dressing room and obviously, in Fernandes, we’ve seen over the years the effect one player can sometimes have.

“You talk about the Cantonas, the van Persies… and I’m not comparing him yet to them but he’s made other players play better and he’s given everyone a lift.

“I still think we need four or five players but we’re definitely going in the right direction.”

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Giggs recommended Daniel James to United in the summer.

And the Wales international has done well since joining from Swansea, registering six Premier League assists to date.

“Dan’s not only a talented player,” he said.

“He’s a really good character and a solid lad. He wants to improve and that’s what I’ve seen over the last 18 months.

“Every time I went to watch him at Swansea, he was getting better and better and he’s had a great start to his United career.

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“I could never do that. My philosophy was: ‘I’m putting it low into the corner – even if the goalkeeper goes the right way, he’s not gonna save it if I execute it right’.

“That was my philosophy, so it doesn’t matter if he went the right way or not.

“If I do low, side-netting, he shouldn’t be able to save it.

“That was my philosophy, rather than looking at the goalkeeper, trying to play mind games and having the confidence which Hazard and Bruno Fernandes [have].

“Pogba did for a while that slow run up. I could never do that.”

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