Ryan Giggs is adamant that Daniel James can prove his doubters wrong and become a success at Manchester United.
The Wales boss also believes the winger's abilities might well be more suited to a central role under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, although he admits there are key areas of the Welshman's game that still need to improve.
James has come under heavy criticism at times from United fans, despite initially making a bright start to life at Old Trafford.
The 22-year old has started twice in the Premier League so far this season, and came on as a late substitute to make his Champions League debut in the win over Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday evening.
But his efforts for the Red Devils this season have previously come against a backdrop of fervent speculation.
Leeds United, who came to within a whisker of snapping up James in the 2019 January transfer window when he was still at Swansea City, were believed to be keen on revisiting a move for the winger this season, but a move never materialised.
Now, with United's own transfer efforts for Borrussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho falling through, James will surely be focused on staking his claim to a regular place in Solskjaer's first team plans - and silencing the din of criticism that has rattled around social media in recent weeks.
Having worked closely with James as part of the Wales set-up, Giggs believes James' versatility will make him an important player to Solskjaer over the course of the season.
James primarily plays as a winger, and showed some encouraging signs of returning to the sort of form that delighted so many fans at Swansea after being deployed on the left flank in the win over Newcastle.
But Giggs believes the former Swans star may well be more effective in a more central role.
"In my last game [for Wales] he played more centrally," Giggs told fan channel Webby and O’Neill.
"In the game against Ireland he played on the wing, and against Bulgaria away he played more as an inside forward.
"He can do it. The good thing about that is instead of coming up against full-backs he’s more or less coming up against centre-halves.
"Centre-halves don’t want to be against him, centre-halves don’t want to be going out to those wide areas and facing Dan James."
But while Giggs is confident that James can become a United success, he admits that the forward still needs to improve aspects of his game.
"The next thing for Dan is when he gets in those positions is that final decision making and execution.
"Once he does that… because he gets in so many good positions because of his pace."