Ryan Giggs goes gung-ho in title tussle
Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs has warned Premier League rivals Manchester City that his side won’t let up in their quest for the title.
In truth, Sir Alex Ferguson’s men could probably afford to slack off a little after they opened an eight-point lead over their ‘noisy neighbours’ on Sunday with only six games of the season remaining.
United, once the same margin behind City, have turned the tables on Roberto Mancini’s charges by winning their past eight league games, while City have stumbled miserably to only one victory in five.
And Giggs, who has already lifted 12 top-flight crowns with the champions, has vowed to keep the pedal to the metal in United’s bid for their 20th, starting with tonight’s trip to Wigan.
“You concentrate on doing your thing and looking after your own form personally and as a team. That is what we’ve done,” the 38-year-old said. “We are experienced enough to know that there are still plenty of points to be gained and lost.
“Until it is mathematically impossible for us to be caught, we won’t be counting our chickens. We never do. The key word is momentum. We’ve chased down teams before and been chased down ourselves,” Giggs added.
“What you’re looking for is a bit of form at the right time and then feed off positive results and go on a roll. I think we’re doing that at the moment.”
United’s recent renaissance has been crafted by Paul Scholes, another of the club’s golden oldies who Ferguson tempted out of retirement in January. The star midfielder has dictated the side’s play expertly since his shock return in January and has been picking up the plaudits just as steadily as United have wins.
And old friend Giggs lavished praise on the talented 37-year-old, too, saying: “Scholesy coming back was a massive bonus for us at the time, having him on the pitch and around the place in training.
“He’s still the best trainer - you can’t get the ball off him,” Giggs added. “He does things other players can’t do.”
SAMIR SHOOTS AT ARSENAL
Arsenal fans will be up in arms again after Samir Nasri reiterated his belief that he’ll win a trophy before his old club do. The outspoken Frenchman became a villain at the Emirates Stadium last summer when he swapped the Gunners for Manchester City.
And Nasri attracted further scorn when he insisted he left Arsenal not for money, but because he wanted to win things. However, after Arsenal got one over on the midfielder with Sunday’s 1-0 victory, Nasri claimed he’d have the last laugh.
“I’m aware of what I said about titles,” he posted on Twitter. “I’m sure I will lift a trophy with Man City before AFC. And to all the Arsenal fans, move on. City are 10 points ahead of you. Just support your team and forget about me.”