Giggs: United eager to impress

Giggs: United eager to impress

Published Sep. 14, 2012 3:15 a.m. ET

Ryan Giggs has underlined how determined Manchester United are to win the Premier League title back.

United lost out in agonising fashion to Manchester City last term and, with injuries depriving Sir Alex Ferguson of so many key members of his squad, the hangover has lingered.

After losing their opening match at Everton, the Old Trafford outfit looked set to suffer another defeat at Southampton immediately before the international break until Robin van Persie turned the game on its head.

It was the kind of result that can kick-start a season, and with Wigan the visitors on Saturday, Giggs is eager for United to find their feet.


"The lads can't wait to produce some of the football that we did last year," the veteran Welshman told Key103.

"What happened last season was tough for everyone but you just have to come back in the right manner, which is what we hope to do.

"It is going to be tough because there are a lot of quality teams out there but you are always determined. We want to get it back."

The availability of Van Persie and fellow new-boy Shinji Kagawa would help.

However, along with Patrice Evra, all three are major doubts after picking up injuries on international duty in midweek.

Holland manager Louis van Gaal took Van Persie off with a thigh injury, while Kagawa has a back injury that forced him to miss Japan's encounter with Iraq.

With Wayne Rooney already out with his gashed thigh, United would be in trouble if they were forced to operate without two more players who have made such a positive impact at the club already.

"You hope the big players that you sign fit in straight away," said the 38-year-old Giggs, who will be making his 600th Premier League appearance if he plays some part against the Latics.

"Sometimes it doesn't happen. With Shinji and Robin, it has happened straight away, which is great.

"It gives everyone a lift in the squad. Training is a lot sharper and we are all fighting for places, which is what you want.

"It just ups the performance level."