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.”
Belarus manager Mikhail Markhel admitted debutant defender Nikolay Zolotov might have seen red had the game been a competitive match.
Zolotov was booked early on and was guilty of several crude challenges, including a bad tackle on Harry Wilson in the second half.
“It was his debut and he played quite good,” Markhel said.
“But as with any player who plays for the national team for the first time, he was slightly stressed and enthusiastic.
“It’s understood by the coaching staff that if it was not a friendly match he could have been sent off.”
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Injured Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot has been having treatment at Chinese club Shanghai SIPG under a Brazilian physio known as the “Miracle Doctor”.
The 20-year-old Portuguese right-back is yet to feature this season and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said last month that he was out until after the current international break.
What Solskjaer did not say is that Dalot, a $25 million capture in June 2018 from Porto, was suffering with a hip problem and had gone to see Shanghai’s physio Eduardo Santos.
Dalot landed in Shanghai on August 29 and spent 10 days with the Chinese champions, the club said, publishing a photo of the defender at their training ground.
Dalot, who could be moved to a more advanced role on United’s right after the signing of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, may now be in contention for a Premier League start this month.
Then-United manager Jose Mourinho called Dalot the best young full-back in Europe after signing him last summer.
Santos was dubbed “Miracle Doctor” by French media in 2015 after getting defender David Luiz – then at Paris Saint-Germain – fit in just a few days after a serious hamstring tear.
Luiz had contacted his fellow Brazilian, then employed by Zenit St. Petersburg, and flew off to Russia for treatment.
French international Eliaquim Mangala, former Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele and Colombian striker Radamel Falcao have all sought Santos’s help in recent years.
There have been murmurs from experts querying how he can get players back into action so quickly, but Santos told AFP in an interview last year: “What we do is not a miracle.
“I do science, and of course the results that I have are really, really good.”
Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez has insisted he has no regrets about his move to Old Trafford.
The 30-year-old, who has joined Inter Milan on loan for the rest of the season, scored just five goals in 45 appearances for United after arriving as their highest-paid player from Arsenal in January 2018.
The Chilean, earning a reported £400,000 a week, came in for heavy criticism, but told BBC Sport he remains glad he made the move.
“I’m very happy I went to Manchester United,” Sanchez said. “I’ve always said that. It’s the club that has won the most in England.
“When I went to Arsenal it was fantastic – I was happy there – but United were growing at the time, they were buying players to win something.
“I wanted to join them and win everything. I don’t regret going there.”
Sanchez scored 80 goals in 166 games for Arsenal after signing for £30million from Barcelona in July 2014, but suffered a major slump in form after joining United.
He scored two Premier League goals in 27 appearances and made only 31 starts out of a possible 77 for the club.
“I’ve always said to my friends I want to play. If they (United) would let me play I’ll do my best,” Sanchez added.
“Sometimes I’d play 60 minutes then I wouldn’t play the next game and I didn’t know why.”