Giggs pumped up
Veteran wants a taste of success once more
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.