Giggs: “We can win with kids”

Ryan Giggs has backed Manchester United’s emerging young stars to prove their worth by reclaiming the Premier League title from Chelsea this season. United veteran Giggs, 36, is entering what is likely to his last season but believes long-term success is guaranteed at Old Trafford with the next generation of young players coming through the ranks under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Ryan Giggs

Giggs claimed that just like the Class of ’92 that produced David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers, the likes of Jonny Evans, Nani, Darron Gibson, Federico Macheda, Chris Smalling and the Da Silva twins can sustain United’s glory days.

In an exclusive interview with British newspaper, The Miror, Giggs said:

“Hopefully these young players will get better and better, and I’m sure they will. They’re excited and they want to do well, which is great. I see their determination on the training ground. They want to do well, they’re good lads, they want to learn, they want to play for United, get in the team and stay in the team.”

Giggs celebrating

Fergie gave a tantalising glimpse into United’s future in the opening game of their pre-season tour of Canada and the US last Friday against Celtic in Toronto, with a back-four of Evans, Smalling and the Da Silvas, a defence with an average age of just 20. And with the likes of Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville nearing the end of their illustrious United careers and seeing their appearances rationed, the time has come for the next generation to make the transition to the first team and prove they are worthy successors.

“The history of Manchester United is quite simple,” said Fergie. “It’s always been based on young people and that’s where we’re most comfortable. I think our fans are comfortable with that too. Producing players is a big incentive for us. At the moment we have a collection of young players who have been growing up at the club for the last few years and who are developing very well.”

Giggs admitted losing out on the title to Chelsea last season and the chance to create history by overtaking arch rivals Liverpool to post a record 19th championship triumph, was all the incentive Fergie’s players needed to reclaim it when the campaign gets under way.

“There’s definitely that added hunger when you haven’t won the league the previous season,” said Giggs. “It’s difficult when you’re defending the title because you’re champions and everyone wants to beat you. But there’s also that determination when you don’t win it to get it back, which is what we want to do.”

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