Manchester United new boys Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa can help inspire the club to Champions League success this season, according to Old Trafford veteran Ryan Giggs.
The 38-year-old midfielder has enjoyed unrivalled success with the Red Devils - both domestically and in Europe - during his 21 years under Sir Alex Ferguson, and is confident that the players brought in by the manager this summer will propel them to even more glory.
After a shock group stage exit in last year's competition, Giggs is determined not to let history repeat itself, and after a 1-0 win over Galatasaray at home in their first game of the 2012/13 campaign, the players are on course to make up for the disappointment.
"Robin has the experience of playing in Europe with Arsenal," explained the Welshman. "The goals he has got will hopefully give us that extra edge this season.
"Shinji Kagawa is that kind of player who will thrive in Europe, where possession is key. He keeps the ball and gets into positions where he is hard to pick up.
"I am sure they will both be very good additions in Europe for us."
Poor form at Old Trafford was the main reason for United's failings in Europe last season, with the Premier League giants also quickly knocked out of the Europa League by Athletic Bilbao.
Summer signings have started brightly at Old Trafford. (©ManchesterUnitedFacebook)
Now, with renewed optimism for the campaign ahead, Ferguson will be aiming to wrestle the Premier League crown from local rivals Manchester City, as well as competing for the Champions League crown.
"We need to win our home games [if United are to qualify from their group]," Giggs added. "Usually 10 or more points gets you through, which means winning at home and trying to draw away.
"We didn't manage it last year because we didn't perform at Old Trafford the way we have done in the past."