Giggs relishing new challenge

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Ryan Giggs may have been around the Premier League since its inception but he still gets excited by new challenges.

That is why the Manchester United veteran is looking forward to the experience of facing Kansas City Wizards at the Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. At 36, Giggs, who recently signed a one-year extension to his contract, still maintains a boyish enthusiasm for the game and United in particular.

"All the lads are looking forward to going to Kansas City and Houston because it is going to be a new experience for most of us," said Giggs.

"It is always exciting to visit new cities - we are not sure what to expect with either place, although we've been told it'll be hot. The Kansas game is our third of the tour, so our match fitness will be at a good level and we should be close to reaching our best in terms of performance."

New recruit Javier Hernandez is due to link up with the squad - the Mexico striker has been scheduled to appear at an autograph session Sunday in Houston.

He could play a part against the All-Stars and Giggs revealed he has a special reason for wanting to do well.

"I was told that a Premier League team has never won that game, so that is a goal for us, " said the former Wales midfielder.

"It will give us the chance to see first-hand the quality there is in the MLS.

"It can be challenging to play a team you've never seen before - we won't know what system they will play or how they will go about the match until we get onto the pitch.

"We know we will have to perform if we are to get a good result. It would definitely be nice to become the first English team to beat the All-Stars."

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