If anyone should know what it takes to win a Premier League title it’s Manchester United 36 year old veteran Ryan Giggs. After all he has done it no fewer than an incredible ELEVEN times. So when he talks you better listen and the Welshman is convinced the trophy will be back at Old Trafford come the end of the season. Although he sees a tight battle ahead involving up to seven challengers, he predicts that reigning champions Chelsea will again be United’s biggest danger.
“They are the champions and they’ve been there and done it like us” he said “Arsenal have got talented players but they’ve not won the title for a number of years. Then you’ve got Tottenham, Liverpool, Aston Villa and City.” The Blues have spent nearly £300m since Sheikh Mansour took over the club and began a determined campaign to lure a whole host of superstars to Eastlands.
“You can’t say they are not bringing in quality players” conceded Giggs “but it is a question of how quickly they can gel together. They showed last season that on their day they can beat anyone but it was that consistency that they lacked. They’ve got the quality, but it doesn’t necessarily mean they are going to be in front.”
“As a player you just think about the next game” the veteran continued “you don’t worry too much about other teams. It’s only with five or six games to go that you might start to look over your shoulders and start looking at other results.You’ve got your main contenders at the start of any season but you are too busy concentrating on your own form, then you can worry about others.”
Narrowly failing to complete a fourth successive Premiership to record an unprecedented 19th championship was a big disappointment for Giggs who admitted that “After winning it three times and having it taken off us we are determined to win it back but it won’t be easy” he said “we will need everything to go for us.”
The United legend is convinced that a horrific run of injuries was the major cause for narrowly missing out on the title by one point “Losing Wayne Rooney when we did last season had a big impact. You look at the chances we had against Blackburn and that could have been the difference. You look back at the season and we lost six or seven games and had so many injuries at the back, it was only Patrice Evra who stayed fit.”
When Giggs concludes by saying that “Hopefully that won’t happen again” there will not be a single Manchester United fan who wont be saying a loud ‘Amen’ to that.
Is Giggs correct when he says that he’s on the way to getting a 12th title winning medal?