Giggs confident on silverware
Ryan Giggs insists he can see the twinkling of silverware in the Manchester United dressing room. The Red Devils have endured a difficult start to the season, failing to win away from Old Trafford in four attempts so far to fall five points adrift of champions Chelsea.
For the first time in two decades at such an advanced stage, United are even lagging behind neighbours Manchester. Yet Giggs has seen too many ups and downs on the United roller coaster during his two decades at the club to get sidetracked from the main aims. And the veteran Welshman is confident the season will end with more glory for Ferguson and his men.
"I see trophies in this team," he said. "The manager has had a lot of problems this season picking the team because a lot of the players have been fit.
"Look at the quality of those who are not even getting on the bench. It is not very nice for those lads but it is great for the club and the team. We know we will get injuries and suspensions but it looks like we can cope. Last season we didn't. In that respect, we are a lot stronger."
The extra day created by FIFA's decision to play internationals on a Tuesday should benefit Ferguson when he comes to select his team to face in-form West Brom, who have already recorded one shock at Arsenal this month, at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Giggs is hoping to return after a minor hamstring injury as United attempt to maintain their 100% record on home soil. The legendary winger is urging United to embark on one of those winning streaks they are so famous for, which might require an improvement in their concentration levels given the defensive lapses that have cost them so much already.
"Concentration is a little detail that is really important," said Giggs. "Bryan Robson and Roy Keane had it. They could concentrate full on for 90 minutes. But that is a very hard thing to do because you see players losing their concentration all the time.
"The manager is always talking about it. He believes we have the ability. He believes we have the desire and the hunger. He just keeps drilling it into us about concentration. If you are a striker you might not have had a chance in the entire game. You still need to be alert enough in the 89th minute to put it away."