Ryan Giggs issues rallying cry

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Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs has made it clear to his struggling squad that they must put the disappointment of last night's defeat to Everton at the back of their minds, with the Red Devils back in action 48 hours from now.

Giggs played 90 minutes as United slipped to their fourth defeat of the season against the Toffees last night, with David Moyes suffering a bitter loss to the side he marshalled so successfully for more than a decade.

The 40-year-old believes that the quick turnaround gives United an instant chance to respond and attempt to gain lost ground on their traditional title rivals, with the Red Devils now 12 points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal and languishing in ninth place.

Ahead of a Saturday lunchtime clash with Newcastle the Welshman has claimed that it is still too early to draw conclusions on United's title charge, while imploring his under-performing team-mates to thing things round as a matter of urgency.

He told the club's official website: "It's a quick turnaround, but we've got to pick ourselves up. We cannot feel sorry for ourselves for too long. It's a home game and hopefully it will be a different result.

"We need to get on a run, before this we were on a 12-game unbeaten run. We have to get over this disappointment now. We'll get a better idea in the New Year, and hopefully we can start picking up points again.

"We've had a few disappointing results, but the performances have not been that bad. We're just not getting the rub of the green, or taking our chances when we should. If you don't do that, you are going to get punished like we did against Everton."

United's latest loss at Old Trafford came after a wave of home pressure failed to produce a breakthrough, with Bryan Oviedo's late strike punishing that shyness in the final third to the full.

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