Wales manager Ryan Giggs watching a training session.

Giggs impressed by United youngster Levitt

Ryan Giggs has praised Manchester United Academy midfielder Dylan Levitt after handing him a first call-up to the senior Wales squad.

United legend and Wales manager Giggs has included the 18-year-old in a 28-man group, after he caught his eye during a recent training camp in the Algarve.

Dylan, who joined United at the age of eight, could now make his international debut in Wales’ Euro 2020 qualifiers against Croatia on 8 June and Hungary three days later.

Ryan Giggs on Dylan Levitt says

"I have spoken to Butt about him a few times, seen him a few times live on TV and in person. He impressed me last week and that is why he is in the squad."

While speaking to the media on Wednesday, Giggs explained that he consulted his former United team-mate and our current Head of Academy, Nicky Butt, when deciding to select Levitt.

“I know more about Dylan because he is at United,” Ryan told reporters. “I have spoken to Butty about him a few times, seen him a few times live on TV and in person.

“He is similar to [Manchester City and Wales player] Matty Smith – he wants to get the ball down, wants to pass and get in different positions.

“He impressed me last week and that is why he is in the squad.”

 

This senior call-up to the Wales squad is recognition of Levitt's efforts in 2018/19, after he broke into United's Under-23s side and was shortlisted for the Jimmy Murphy Youth Team Player of the Year award.

Giggs added that it is his philosophy to give youngsters a chance – which naturally has stemmed from his legendary career at Old Trafford. 

“I did a three-day camp two weeks ago in Cardiff, which I did last year, and last year was the first year I was seeing Dan James, Matty Smith, Connor Roberts and Chris Mepham,” Ryan said.

“In the last year or so, they have been heavily involved so everyone who is picked is capable of playing in the games.

“The same is for the players who were picked for this squad. I picked them because they did so well to travel to Portugal.

“So we needed the numbers, but also they impressed and they impressed again in Portugal. I got so much out of that young camp last year and I wanted to do it again. We decided to do this camp and we got the benefits last year and look to get it again.”

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