Giggs targets winning run


Ryan Giggs insists he is not getting carried away with Manchester United's title aspirations this season, but has highlighted the value that can be gained by beating major rivals.

After moving level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City on Tuesday, the Red Devils travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea this Sunday looking to maintain their run of form.

As a veteran of all 12 of United's previous title triumphs, Giggs knows that if the players can come through their upcoming run of tough fixtures - which include games against Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool - it could inspire the confidence needed to retain the domestic crown.

"We have shown reasonable form and if we can get good results in those kinds of games, confidence will be sky high," the 38-year-old told Inside United. "We know that it's a tough run, but those are the games you want to be playing in.

"We are not quite at the make-or-break part of the season, but it is an important time, and we know that if we win those games, then we'll be in good shape and good form going into the run-in. We know what's ahead of us and what we have to do."

The evergreen Giggs has continued to play an important part in Manchester United's title push in 2011-12, and the Welshman is expected to extend his stay at Old Trafford by a further year, when Sir Alex Ferguson lays a new contract on the table.

Having already coaxed Paul Scholes out of retirement earlier this season, 'Sat-Nav' as he is known by his teammates is also poised to put pen to paper on a new deal.

"I thought he'd retired too early - a lot of people did," added Giggs. "Scholesy probably thought he'd made up his mind and when you've done that, you can't really change it.

"But he was still the best in training with the reserves, so he obviously felt he could still do it.

"Nobody was going to disagree with that and it was a massive boost when we found out he was coming back before the Manchester City game."

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