Still more for me to win, says Giggs
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.