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Consistency is secret to Manchester United's success says Ryan Giggs

By Carl Markham

Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs believes consistency will be the key to their success next season.

The Red Devils finished fourth in Louis van Gaal's first campaign in charge, earning a place back in the Champions League, after overcoming some indifferent results early on.

Giggs accepts they have to cut out that proliferation of dropped points to improve in the coming season.

"We've had a pretty good start and are back in the Champions League, which is exciting," said Giggs when asked about how the team had fared under Van Gaal's leadership.

"I think we can achieve a lot as we have shown this year we are capable of matching the best teams in the league.

"Now we just have to work on our consistency, and if we get off to a good start next season we can definitely do that."

Last season was Giggs' first as a full-time coach after a 24-year playing career and he admits the transition has taken some time to adjust to.

"The biggest thing you learn going from player to coach is not to think like a player any more, but to think like a coach," he said.

"As a player you're pretty selfish - you want to do well and you know what you're capable of doing and how to get it.

"I wanted to be the best as a player and I want to be the best as a coach. That means working hard and doing everything you can to achieve that, but also enjoying the challenge.

"You need to get the best out of 25, maybe 30, different individuals so you need to find what makes them tick and how you're going to get the best out of them."

One of those individuals who did not have the best start under Van Gaal was Adnan Januzaj (pictured), who made just 21 appearances - the majority of which were as a substitute.

However, agent Dirk de Vriese dismissed suggestions he could be heading for the exit.

"This is total nonsense," he said. "Adnan is feeling good at Manchester United and they don't want him to leave the club.

"He is considered still as their biggest talent since many years. There was a lot of top teams asking to buy him, but he will stay at Manchester United to become a legend in the club."

Meanwhile Colombia forward Radamel Falcao expects his future to be resolved soon and indicated a potential loan move to Chelsea can be done.

The Premier League champions are widely reported to already have reached an agreement with Monaco to sign Falcao for next season, although there has yet to be any official confirmation from either club.

Falcao scored only four times in 29 appearances for Manchester United, so the Red Devils decided not to take up an option to sign the forward on a permanent deal.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, though, feels the Premier League did not see the best of the 29-year-old last season, and the Blues are in need of some frontline reinforcement following the departure of Didier Drogba.

The question of his future was put to Falcao when he spoke to reporters following Colombia's victory over Brazil at the Copa America in Chile, and the player suggested a resolution was not far away.

"I am just thinking of the Copa America and the squad, my staff are taking care of this," he said.

Asked if the reports linking him with a loan move to Chelsea were correct, Falcao added: "It can be, you will know soon."

Chelsea are expected to strengthen the squad which last season won the Premier League by eight points.

Uruguay defender Diego Godin and Spanish midfielder Koke at Atletico Madrid are reported targets, along with Real Madrid's French international centre-half Raphael Varane.

Those transfer moves look set to also include a goalkeeper, with veteran Petr Cech appearing ever closer to an £11m switch across London to Arsenal and Asmir Begovic of Stoke said to be a potential recruit as back-up for Thibaut Courtois.

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