Experience gives us edge over City in title race, insists Giggs
Ryan Giggs believes Manchester United”s vast experience can help them to beat rivals Manchester City to the Premier League title.
United have moved level on points with their neighbours, but the Blues still appear to have an edge having played most of the top six contenders away from home.
Yet Giggs feels his chances of securing a record 13th championship medal in May depend upon which side keeps their nerve best on the run-in.
Welsh wizard: Ryan Giggs in action for United against Wigan on Boxing Day
And, having embarked on that journey so many times before, the veteran Welshman is confident United will come through the test.
“The experience that the manager, the players and the coaching staff have of what”s required in the second half of the season, as well as the overall hunger and desire to win competitions will help us,” Giggs told United”s website.
“Big players can”t wait for big games and towards the end of the season the games just get bigger and bigger.
“You want that in the run-in – you want to be involved in big games and going for the title. That”s why you become a footballer.”
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Barring an unexpected result against basement boys Blackburn at Old Trafford on New Year”s Eve, United will end 2011 on top of the table because City are not in action at Sunderland until 24 hours later.
Itis an amazing achievement in a season scarred by the 6-1 defeat againstCity, in addition to a calamitous exit from the Champions League group phase.
Those setbacks heaped enormous pressure onto the Reds, although Giggs was not surprised by that.
“You”re always going to get criticism here,” he said. “If you”re not top of the league there”s something wrong and if you get knocked out of competitions you”re always going to get criticised.
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“That”s something you just have to get used to. You can”t sulk or moan about it.
“We”ve had setbacks throughout the years and you learn from them and they can help in a way.”
Manager Sir Alex Ferguson is crossing his fingers that former Blackburn defender Phil Jones and Chris Smalling recover from illness in time for this weekend”s clash.
If not, United will once again be playing patch up in central defence, with Michael Carrick and Patrice Evra likely to be paired together in a rather unorthodox formation.