Last updated : 13 December 2006 By Editor
Ryan Giggs heralds United's recent good form:

“We've been playing some good football but have also grinded out some important results. We've got the balance just about right now, we just need to carry that form forward.

“We're on a good run and every player throughout the squad is playing with great confidence; we're all buzzing at the moment.

“Being a local lad it's always nice to beat City. But more importantly we've kept our run going. The aim at the start of the week was to make sure we extended the gap to nine points and it's great to have done that.

“We should have put the game to bed before City scored and we had plenty of chances to do that. They caused us a lot of problems at the back because they're such a big and physical side and it got a bit nervewracking when they got one back. So we were really pleased to see that third goal go in.”

Meanwhile Giggs' next game will see him overtake Bill Foulkes into second place in the appearance stakes on 689, with only Charlton's record of 759 ahead of him:

“I don't like to look too far into the future because it will tire me out if I think forty or fifty games ahead of myself! I always try and do my best each week so we'll see what happens.”

Sir Bobby Charlton on Giggs possibly breaking his record:

“I do not feel threatened by Ryan. I would be pleased if he did it and I am sure he will. We are only talking about two seasons, so he should do it.

“The better the team plays, the more chances he will have and, when he does, I will be the first person to give him a hug."

“He seems to have conquered injury problems. He used to get a lot of hamstrings but we seem to have found a way of treating him and I am very pleased about that.

“Ryan is a great lesson to any young player. Obviously we played in different eras and we didn't have any substitutes back then, so we didn't get any rest.

“But nevertheless, you cannot say Ryan is anything other than a marvellous footballer and I am proud he has been associated with Manchester United for so long.”