Still more for me to win, says Giggs

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FOOTBALL -

MANCH­ESTER: Ryan Giggs has in­sisted it won't be long be­fore he and his Manch­ester United team-mates bounce back from their shock FA Cup exit at the hands of third-tier Leeds.

Manch­ester United's 1-0 loss at their Old Traf­ford home last week­end was one of the most stun­ning Cup up­sets of re­cent sea­sons.

But given that United are in sec­ond place on the Premier League stand­ings, have won through to the League Cup semi-fi­nals and the Cham­pi­ons League knock­out phase, there is a good chance that Giggs – English foot­ball’s most dec­o­rated player – will add more sil­ver­ware to his stash of medals and tro­phies.

“It has al­ways been the same here, one de­feat and it’s a dis­as­ter,” Giggs said in the build-up to United's league match against Birm­ing­ham to­day. “That is never go­ing to change.”

“But we don't get car­ried away with that, just the same as we wouldn't get car­ried away if we’d won 10 on the bounce – it’s up to us to work hard and get back to winning ways.

“We are still in a strong po­si­tion in the league and we are still in the Cham­pi­ons League.

“The turn of the year is when we are no­to­ri­ously at our best. We have a great team at the mo­ment and I still be­lieve there is more for me to win.”

Giggs – who is the cur­rent PFA Player of the Year and BBC Sports Per­son­al­ity of the Year – was speak­ing af­ter re­ceiv­ing the Free­dom of Sal­ford, join­ing an il­lus­tri­ous list of pre­vi­ous re­cip­i­ents, in­clud­ing Nel­son Man­dela, LS Lowry (a Bri­tish artist born in Manch­ester) and fel­low Welsh­man David Lloyd Ge­orge (a fa­mous Bri­tish con­duc­tor).

Al­though born in Cardiff, Giggs moved north at the age of seven when his fa­ther signed to play for the Swin­ton rugby league club.

“I played for Sal­ford Boys at both rugby and foot­ball,” the 36-year-old said.

“Ev­ery­thing big that has hap­pened in my life has hap­pened in Sal­ford.”

A one club-man through­out his pro­fes­sional ca­reer, Giggs ad­mit­ted that he was close to fol­low­ing in his fa­ther's foot­steps by opt­ing for rugby rather than foot­ball un­til, as a teenager, he met United man­ager Alex Fer­gu­son for the first time.

“I orig­i­nally moved to the area be­cause my dad was a rugby player and I played rugby from be­ing 10 or 11,” Giggs said. “I was cer­tainly un­de­cided.

“But at 13 I met the man­ager – and that was the end of that.”

He has now played more times for the club and won more hon­ours – 11 league ti­tles, a pair of Euro­pean Cups and two League Cup win­ners’ medals – than any other player in United’s il­lus­tri­ous his­tory.

He is also the only player to have scored in ev­ery Premier League sea­son, hav­ing made his de­but against Ever­ton dur­ing the in­au­gu­ral 1991 sea­son. – Sapa-AFP and The Tele­graph

GEN­UINE SU­PER­STAR: Ryan Giggs is hun­gry for more tro­phies.

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