Last updated : 17 July 2007 By editor

"Whether the manager had signed anybody or not, I was always going to have to perform to stay in the team," Giggs said. "If I don't perform to the best of my ability, then I won't play, simple as that. It's great for the team that we now have so many options going forward and you can't escape the fact that we have a lot of young players now, but the signings are there to improve us and we would have brought players in even if we hadn't won the title last season.

"Competition is the same for every player, though, and it has always been tough to keep your place here. But I know that if I am playing well, I will get a chance of playing. If I don't play well, I won't play and that has always been the case."

"The Premiership gets tougher each year and Manchester United cannot afford to stand still. We are all hopeful of being in the team and the only way to achieve that is by doing well."