Manchester United Football Club have made a rather convincing start to the 2019/20 Premier League.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has these young Red Devils playing some exciting stuff, with United winning at home to Chelsea before drawing away at Wolves. It’s a start us fans have to be more than pleased with – and long may it continue.
All the new boys have impressed, but the moment of the season so far came when young Daniel James netted on debut. The sheer delight and emotion in his celebration was a joy to watch. However, against Wolves it was a different sort of game for the Wales international – and one in which he was kicked, a lot…
In the aftermath, his international manager, Ryan Giggs, has urged referees to protect the 21-year-old star and sometimes, because he’s so quick, it can get interpreted as a dive rather than a foul…
“The speed he’s going at it can look worse,” said Giggs per the Manchester Evening News.
“Sometimes when you anticipate it, it can look like a dive.
“You’ve seen he gets kicked a lot. He gets a lot of stick and referees need to protect him, but I’m not worried.
“I think when you are a front player or a wide player you are going to get kicked, and Dan does get kicked a lot.
“I think it’s a tough job for referees but when you try and anticipate it, it can look worse than it is.”
He actually got booked for a ‘dive’ in which there was contact with the Wolves’ defender’s trailing leg, and why VAR can’t come in and rectify that is a tad annoying…
James will be embroiled in this a fair bit this season because he is so quick. The referees only have a split-second to make the decision and it sometimes looks like a dive so I do have some sympathy, but United’s #21 just isn’t that sort of player.
Giggs speaks sense. Hopefully, the referees take note and watch him more carefully over the next few weeks because these young players do need protecting.