Giggs pumped up

Vet­eran wants a taste of suc­cess once more

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

RYAN Giggs is de­ter­mined to crown his glit­ter­ing ca­reer by help­ing Manch­ester United break Chelsea’s Premiership dom­i­nance.

The 33-year-old shows no signs of los­ing his de­sire for sil­ver­ware de­spite a tro­phy­laden 16 years at Old Traf­ford that has in­cluded eight Premiership ti­tles, four FA Cups and the Cham­pi­ons League.

The Welsh winger has been in fine form this sea­son and claims he is never tempted to rest on his lau­rels be­cause he en­joys life with United so much.

Sir Alex Fer­gu­son’s side is two points ahead of reign­ing cham­pi­ons Chelsea as they pre­pare for to­day’s trip to As­ton Villa and Giggs wants to savour the sweet taste of Premiership suc­cess one more time.

‘‘Manch­ester United have given me ev­ery­thing I’ve pos­si­bly wanted,’’ Giggs said.

‘‘Some peo­ple, like Alan Shearer for ex­am­ple, have great ca­reers, but don’t win tro­phies.

‘‘I’ve been lucky to win so much and get the friend­ships I’ve en­joyed. It’s been the whole p a c k a g e . I wouldn’t swap my ca­reer with any­one’s.

‘‘Con­sis­tency wise, I think I’m in the best form of my life. I’m re­ally en­joy­ing it, per­haps more than ever.’’

If United lose against Villa, Chelsea could go top of the ta­ble with a win at Wi­gan in to­day’s late game.

Chelsea as­sis­tant man­ager Steve Clarke has no doubts that the Premiership is now a two-horse race be­tween his side and United.

Clarke does not ex­pect Liver­pool or Arse­nal to gate­crash the ti­tle bat­tle.

‘‘Manch­ester United have done well this sea­son and we have done very well. That is why we are both clear at the top of the ta­ble,’’ Clarke said.

‘‘There is a sig­nif­i­cant gap back to third place, so you have to take your hat off to the top two and say we are look­ing for­ward to the fight in the sec­ond half of the seas o n f o r t h e P r e mi e r League.’’

Liver­pool man­ager Rafa Ben­itez fears his play­ers are be­ing put at risk by the Premiership’s hec­tic Christ­mas fix­ture list.

Like ev­ery club in the topflight, Ben­itez’s side will play four games in 10 days and he be­lieves the in­ten­sive sched­ule puts too much strain on the play­ers.

The An­field t e a m’ s Christ­mas pro­gram starts with a home match against Wat­ford and is fol­lowed by clashes with Black­burn, Tot­ten­ham and Bolton.

Mean­shile Arse­nal de­fender Gael Clichy has told Arsene Wenger he must keep faith with the club’s young guns.

Wenger’s s i d e h o s t Black­burn know­ing that their ti­tle hopes are ef­fec­tively over be­fore Christ­mas af­ter be­ing held five times in nine league matches at their new Emi­rates Sta­dium.

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