Ryan Giggs believes Manchester United’s long-term future is in safe hands after a successful breakthrough season for the club’s youngsters.
While United narrowly missed out on the title in heartbreaking fashion on the last day of the season, a number of young players established themselves in the first team alongside veterans such as Giggs and Paul Scholes.
Danny Welbeck, Ashley Young, Phil Jones and David de Gea all demonstrated their ability in extended runs in the first team and Giggs says he was impressed with what he saw this term.
"It’s been great for the more established players to see the young players come through and do so well," he told ManUtd.com.
"I know from myself as a young player who came through how tough it can be sometimes. When everything’s going well for the team, it’s all great and everything’s rosy. Then you hit a bit of bad form and it’s more difficult for a younger player because you haven't got a platform to fall back upon.
"[That said] I was really impressed with the consistency of all the young players and the new signings who came in last season."
Giggs also reflected on a bittersweet season in which he reached 900 appearances for the Red Devils but saw cross-city rivals Manchester City claim their first league triumph in 44 years.
While he admitted it was disappointing to miss out on United’s 20th league title to their rivals, the Welshman said he was happy with the way in which fans supported the club across a rollercoaster season.
"The fans were great," he explained. "They supported us all the way through the season. We appreciated the support they gave, especially to the young players who came through. The fans recognise the young players are still trying to find their way and find their feet at the club. The fans supported the young players really well.
"The support of the fans is always important – when we’re playing at Old Trafford, they can almost suck the ball into the net. They'll obviously be keen for us to do well next season."
He added of City’s title win: “It’s always hard when it’s on your doorstep. To lose against City and the manner in which we lost is always hard to take. But we’ve faced disappointments before and we’ve always come back and that’s what we need to do again.
"We’ve had so many highs over so many years but you’ve got to take the lows. You’ve got to take it on the chin and come back bigger and better next year.”