Hungary manager Marco Rossi has compared Wales winger Daniel James to Usain Bolt. The Italian was speaking about the pace of the Manchester United-bound winger at his pre-match press conference ahead of Wales’ Euro 2020 qualifier with Hungary. James’ pace proved to be a lethal weapon during the course of the 2018/19 campaign, with the 21-year-old tearing defences apart for both Wales and Swansea City. And Rossi says it’s easy to see why the Red Devils were so eager to take him to Old Trafford. “James’ speed reminds of Usain Bolt – to be so fast like him is really incredible,” he said. “In the last years I don’t remember one player that gave me this sensation. “His acceleration is so peculiar, which is why Manchester United have bought him.”
Hungary’s coach Marco Rossi
Having completed a medical at United’s Carrington training base prior to flying to Croatia with Wales, both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side and the Swans confirmed that personal terms and a fee had been agreed for James to make the switch to Manchester. He is set to be a marked man when Wales face Hungary at Budapest’s Groupama Arena on Tuesday night. And having compared James’ speed to that of Jamaican Bolt, Rossi said he has noticed similarities to Brazilian legend Ronaldo in James. “In the past I played against a very fast player who, according to me, was the best after Maradona – Ronaldo,” added the Hungary manager.
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“He was just not known for speed, but for everything. “His acceleration looked like James, though at the moment the skills are a little bit different.” Rossi will watch the match against Wales from the stands after being sent off following a dispute with the referee during Hungary’s 3-1 win over Azerbaijan last time out,. Ryan Giggs’ side currently trail table toppers Hungary and Croatia by three points, although they do have a game in hand over both sides.