Ryan Giggs insists he didn’t have any second thoughts about playing on next season for Manchester United as they aim to regain their Premier League crown from Manchester City.
Giggs made his 900th appearance for United last season, a tally that manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes will never be surpassed, however his joy was ultimately tempered by City’s dramatic win on the final day of the season that snatched the league trophy from their grasp.
With fellow veteran Paul Scholes signing on to play for another season the Welshman says he is fit and raring to go for another season in the top tier of English football already.
“I felt good against Sunderland,” said Giggs. “It was the last game of the season and yet I still felt good.
“So now I’ll get refreshed this summer and look to go again next season. Hopefully we’ll get a positive result at the end of it. We were so near [to winning the title] this year but sometimes you need disappointments in your career, and your life, to go forward.”
Giggs, who has won 12 league titles during his career with Manchester United, admitted he was still feeling the pain of missing out on the title to rivals City.
“When our game at Sunderland ended we were just on the pitch not knowing what was going on. And then news got to us that City had won,” he explained.
“It was a massive disappointment obviously after what had been a fantastic season. Getting 89 points is amazing, really, and it would have won the league in most of the last 10 or 15 years. Comfortably.
“So it’s disappointing to have been so near but then again, there are so many positives to take out of the season as well.
The 38-year-old insists however that United can use the pain from this season to drive them on next term.
“I think you’re more driven when you lose a trophy. We refer to it as our trophy because we’ve won it so many times and I think when we do lose it, we want it back and we want it back quickly.
"We’ve faced disappointments before and we’ve always come back and that’s what we need to do now. We’ve had so many highs over however many years but you’ve got to take the lows as well. You’ve got to take it on the chin and come back bigger and better next year."