MANCHESTER United midfielder Ryan Giggs has urged his side to show Manchester City who the Premier League’s real superpower is by winning tonight’s title decider at the Etihad Stadium.
City have taken 49 from a possible 51 home league points this season and, though Giggs admits their cross-city rivals are United’s biggest threat, he wants to underline exactly why it is they’re the champions.
Both have played 35 league games but United have a three-point advantage over City before playing highly-winnable fixtures against Swansea and Sunderland, meaning a point at the Etihad should be enough for them. Giggs, however, remains adamant United should do more than edge supremacy.
“I’m sure they will be fancying themselves to win because they’re a good team and they’re at home,” said Giggs. “But the scenarios are more in our favour than City’s. We’re Manchester United, we’re the champions and we’ll try and put out a statement that we deserve to win this league.”
United’s lead is more fragile after some erratic form allowed City to narrow the Red Devils’ advantage when they looked in complete control but Giggs, 38 and a veteran of 12 league title wins, is confident they will respond by winning.
“As a United player, you’re used to big games,” he said. “You have to block out the hype and predictions. That’s been going on all the season, with people saying City were going to win the title and then United.
“We’ve had reminders throughout the season where we’ve lost games or put in poor performances and we’ve always reacted. That’s one of the reasons we’re still up there. Now it’s come down to this. We’ve got to try and win.”