Giggs leads the way for resurgent Manchester United
LONDON - Agence France-Presse
Ryan Giggs receives a Golden Foot award before his team’s Premier League match against Newcastle on Nov 26. AFP photoSir Alex Ferguson has paid tribute to the “incredible” contribution of Ryan Giggs as Manchester United look to keep the pressure on Premier League leaders Manchester City today.
After a series of flat performances following its 6-1 mauling by City in October, United has recently recovered some of its former swagger, scoring 11 goals in three consecutive victories.
That run of results included a 5-0 demolition of Fulham at Craven Cottage last week, a match where the 38-year-old Giggs extended his remarkable feat of scoring a goal in every Premier League season.
Ferguson singled out Giggs for praise as United looks to maintain its momentum with what should be a relatively straightforward assignment against struggling Wigan on Boxing Day.
“He was unbelievable on Wednesday,” Ferguson said of Giggs’ display against Fulham. “He controlled the midfield. I saw Danny Murphy bellowing to the forwards to come back because he was finding it hard.
“We know he is incredible. It is an established fact. It is an unusual sight we are seeing in the modern-day game, a lad at 38 performing at that level.”
Giggs has meanwhile raised the possibility of extending his United career by yet another season.
“It’s almost that time when I’ll sit down with the manager and see what his plans are and I’ll see how I’m feeling,” Giggs told www.manutd.com.
“At the moment I feel really good and I’m enjoying things more than ever, so we’ll just have to wait and see.”
City manager Roberto Mancini has called on his players to prove their title credentials by winning on the road at West Bromwich Albion today.
City has been invincible at its Eastlands fortress this season, with nine wins from nine matches. But Mancini’s men have taken just one point from their last two away fixtures, a statistic the Italian is determined to improve.
In other games today, Chelsea will be confident of collecting all three points as it faces a Fulham side still struggling to shake off the after-effects of last week’s 5-0 home mauling by Manchester United.
Liverpool meanwhile will be anxious to take maximum points from bottom club Blackburn at Anfield after disappointment last week in a 0-0 draw with Wigan.