The Mail notes how Giggs stated:
‘The experience that the manager, the players and the coaching staff have of what’s required in the second half of the season, as well as the overall hunger and desire to win competitions will help us,’ Giggs told United’s website.
‘Big players can’t wait for big games and towards the end of the season the games just get bigger and bigger.
‘You want that in the run-in – you want to be involved in big games and going for the title. That’s why you become a footballer.’
‘You’re always going to get criticism here,’ he said. ‘If you’re not top of the league there’s something wrong and if you get knocked out of competitions you’re always going to get criticised.
‘That’s something you just have to get used to. You can’t sulk or moan about it.
‘We’ve had setbacks throughout the years and you learn from them and they can help in a way.’
The fact United are level on points with City going into the final games of 2011 is a huge boost considering how dejected many Reds felt after the derby day defeat. With City set to lose Yaya Toure in January for the African Cup of Nations and United hopefully finally having Tom Cleverley back in the side, then the New Year could prove to be a fruitful one for the Reds.