Giggs: United in pole position

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Ryan Giggs is delighted that Manchester United have overtaken Manchester City in the Premier League table, and is relishing being involved in yet another title scrap.

The 37-year-old midfield veteran has lifted the domestic crown no fewer than 12 times already in his illustrious Old Trafford career, and feels that his teammates are peaking at the right time as they approach the end of season run-in.

After last night's hard-fought 1-0 victory over Fulham, Giggs emphasised the importance of another potentially crucial three points earned, and insisted he would not be losing any sleep over the way that United stumbled over the line.

"You'd take 1-0s to the end of the season now," he told MUTV. "If we'd scored in the last minute, everyone would be euphoric and buzzing but obviously, the way the game ended, with some sloppy play and not keeping the ball, everyone's a bit disappointed.

"Rightly so because we know what we're capable of but, overall, we're pleased to get the three points. Our form has been really good. It's probably another reason why it was a bit frustrating tonight as we've been playing really well.

"It was a massive effort but we knew we had to do it. City were there to be caught. We had some tough games but we've got through them and, now we can see the finishing line, hopefully we can finish the job off.

"As a footballer, you want to enjoy these times and you want to be involved in title chases and games like tonight. I'm sure there will be more twists and turns to come."

Fulham had a late penalty claim turned down when captain Danny Murphy was fouled by United midfielder Michael Carrick in the closing stages of the tie.

Giggs admitted that Sir Alex Ferguson's side may have been a little lucky to get away without punishment after referee Michael Oliver deemed the incident not worthy of a spot-kick.

"I mean I was right behind the referee and I didn't think it was a penalty," he asserted. "Looking back at the replays, maybe it could have been but it happens. We had a penalty here against Newcastle that wasn't. They tend to even themselves out over the course of the season and perhaps that's what has happened here."

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