Giggs talks title, Carrick lauds Scholes
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Ryan Giggs has claimed it would be "a massive achievement" if Manchester United go on to wrap up a record 20th league title.

Yesterday's 2-0 win over Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford, followed immediately by Manchester City's defeat at Arsenal, means Sir Alex Ferguson's men now have an eight-point advantage at the top with only six games of the season remaining.

Although Ferguson is leading the call for caution, it is impossible to imagine United throwing that kind of lead away in such a short period of time.

That game at Norwich may turn out to be one of those days we look back on at the end of the season as being pivotal.
Ryan Giggs, Manchester United midfielder

The added potential of actually winning the league at the Etihad Stadium on 30 April could make this campaign one of the most sweet for Giggs and his team-mates, who were written off after their 6-1 home battering by City in October.

And, given the opposition, the loss of so many experienced players and the need to integrate a new goalkeeper in David de Gea, Giggs feels this campaign deserves special credit.

"It would be huge," he told United Review. "When you look at the spending power Manchester City have, the injuries we've had, the experience we've lost - Scholesy [Paul Scholes] for half the season, Edwin van der Sar, John O'Shea, Wes Brown.

"Then the challenge we faced bringing in a new goalkeeper - David de Gea came in for a lot of criticism early on but he's worked hard and he's showing terrific form at a key time - and the young talent we've blooded in, it would be a massive achievement."

Praise for Scholes
The impact Scholes has had since his return in January cannot be understated. Evidently, the 37-year-old has lost none of his ability and dictated the entire rhythm of yesterday's game like the footballing equivalent of a quarterback.

He has also rediscovered his eye for goal, belting home his third of the season to secure the latest triumph in an eight-match winning streak. "Paul has had a massive impact," said midfield partner Michael Carrick.

"We all know how good he is and what he brings to the team, on and off the pitch. To come back and play straight away like he has is amazing really. He has a lot of games left in him yet."

Although there has been no official announcement, it seems certain Scholes will extend his career by another season, by which time it would be staggering if he had failed to collect an 11th championship medal.

It is a number only exceeded by Giggs, who is heading for his 13th, and whose injury-time winner at Norwich City in February might be viewed as one of the key moments in the entire campaign.

"You need those moments in a season if you're going to go on and win the league," he said. "Moments like that provide belief and confidence. Just look at what Federico Macheda's goal against Aston Villa did for us a few years ago.

"Who knows? That game at Norwich may turn out to be one of those days we look back on at the end of the season as being pivotal."