Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Giggs wants more medals at Manchester United

Ryan Giggs

Ryan Giggs is not ready to lock up his massive trophy collection just yet, no matter how negatively Manchester United's shock FA Cup defeat to Leeds has been viewed.

Giggs was at The Lowry Theatre yesterday afternoon to collect the Freedom of Salford.

Previous recipients include Nelson Mandela and artist LS Lowry.

But, once he steps away from yet more plaudits, the 36-year-old will be fully focused on collecting three points at Birmingham tomorrow and bouncing back from the Leeds debacle.

“It has always been the same here, one defeat and it is a disaster,” reflected Giggs. “That is never going to change.

“But we don't get carried away with that, just the same as we wouldn't get carried away if we had won 10 on the bounce.

“It is up to us to work hard and get back to winning ways.

“We are still in a strong position in the league and we are still in the Champions League. The turn of the year is when we are notoriously at our best.

“We have a great team at the moment and I still believe there is more for me to win.”

Giggs' comments are what you would expect from a one-club man, who is the most decorated player in English football history.

Although his hopes of an incredible fifth FA Cup win bit the dust at Old Trafford on Sunday, he may still end up as a Premier League champion for the 12th time, a Champions League winner for the third and the same with the Carling Cup.

It is a quite astonishing haul, made even more remarkable by the fact he did not even have to leave his home town to win it.

“I have not had the same problems that players from other countries or parts of the UK have,” he said yesterday.

“I have friends I can trust. My family is here and I know the area. That has been a help in my career.”

Along with fellow United legend Sir Bobby Charlton and chief executive David Gill, Sir Alex Ferguson was present for the lunch held in Giggs' honour.

And, it is Ferguson football must thank for giving them Giggs, who might easily have followed his dad Danny into the oval ball game.

“I moved to the area originally because my dad was a rugby player and I played rugby from being 10 or 11,” said Giggs.

“I represented Salford Boys and played for Langworthy. I did play rugby as well but I have to admit I was quite close to choosing rugby.

“I was certainly undecided. But at 13 I met the manager — and that was the end of that.”

Meanwhile, Federico Macheda's agent says Bologna want to take the young Manchester United striker back to Italy on a loan deal, although he feels it is unlikely to happen.

“Bologna have asked for him but we have to evaluate thing with Manchester United,” said Giovanni Bia.

“This afternoon I have a telephone appointment with them, but it will be difficult for them to let him go. If they will do it would be on loan.”

Finally, United have rearranged their Premier League encounter with Hull at Old Trafford for Saturday, January 23 with a 3pm kick-off.

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