Giggs demands bouncebackability from United
Published 22:30 12/04/12 By David Anderson
Ryan Giggs has challenged Manchester United to regain their stranglehold on the title race before their showdown with Manchester City at the end of the month.
United’s shock defeat to Wigan on Wednesday opened the door for City, but Giggs wants them to slam it shut in their rivals’ faces.
The Old Trafford legend is targeting maximum points from United’s next two games - home fixtures against Aston Villa on Sunday and Everton seven days later.
Two victories would guarantee United at least a five-point lead going into the April 30 date with City at Eastlands and the chance to secure the title on their noisy neighbours’ turf.
“It’s important that we get six points from these two games,” said Giggs. “We’re at home and we’ll be looking to win both games and put the pressure on.
“We’ve had poor performances throughout the season, and [poor] results, but we have always bounced back.”
As dire as United were at the DW Stadium, Giggs claims it is important they do not dwell on their first league defeat since January 4.
The champions responded to that 3-0 loss at Newcastle by taking 34 of the next 36 points available, and Giggs says they must show the same character on Sunday.
“We don’t have to get too down,” said the Welshman. “It has happened quite a bit this season where there has been the odd display where we just haven’t performed.
“The main thing is that we have recovered from it. That is what we have to do again.”
Giggs offered no excuses for United’s limp performance against Wigan, in which their 100 per cent record against the Latics came to an end.
None of the Reds' star names delivered on the night and Wayne Rooney suffered the ignominy of being substituted by unhappy manager Alex Ferguson.
“We didn’t perform,” admitted Giggs. “Our normal passing game wasn’t as fluent and we kept giving the ball away. We didn’t keep the ball like Manchester United usually do.
“You have to give credit to Wigan. They put us under a lot of pressure, especially early on. They worked hard. But that’s something we come up against quite a bit, so that’s not an excuse for us not to be able to handle it.
“We only had one or two shots on goal, which is also disappointing. We will have to look at the game, work on it and get ready for Sunday.”
Giggs felt United should have had a penalty when Maynor Figueroa was struck on the arm by a Phil Jones cross and feels they are owed a decision, despite their let-off over a Victor Moses goal disallowed earlier in the evening for a foul on keeper David de Gea.
“I had a great view of the handball - and it was a blatant handball,” he said.
“I asked the linesman, but he said he didn’t see it. Sometimes you get these decisions and sometimes you don’t.
“If they even themselves out, we are probably owed a decision because we have had a couple go against us, with Newcastle [who were given a controversial penalty in a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in November] and now this one. But you make your own luck.”