Ryan Giggs has jokingly suggested that he would have dropped Daniel James from the Wales team if he had contributed to Manchester United losing against Manchester City .

Luckily for James his United side beat their cross-city rivals 2-1 thanks to first-half goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, with Nicolas Otamendi responding for City.

Giggs clearly still has an affinity towards the team he represented for 24 years, and speaking to Premier League Productions he quipped: "I told him (James) that if he doesn't win today I'm not picking him!"

The result was United's second impressive win in a week following their 2-1 win over Tottenham on Wednesday, and Giggs hopes getting the better of City will set them up for a positive rest of the season.

Daniel James played a starring role in Manchester United's win over Manchester City

"It's huge, the confidence that it gives you that you can produce that performance," he added. "All big games you need that concentration and that's what the players had today.

"They had that concentration defensively and when they won the ball back, making sure that pass forward was good, their touch was good and then players flying off and causing City big problems."

Giggs hopes the return of Paul Pogba could help United start to beat the more defensive teams, with the Frenchman due to be back from injury before the end of the year.

"The next step is breaking teams down and that's where we have to bring Paul Pogba back- he's the one who can unlock the door," Giggs continued.

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"Get him back playing well and consistently because that's the next step."

United are next in action on Thursday in the Europa League against AZ Alkmaar, where they are expected to put out a youthful team with them already having qualified for the knockout stages.

They then host Everton in the Premier League on Sunday looking to make it three wins in a row in the division.