Ryan Giggs offers explanations for Man Utd's troubles
Ryan Giggs has admitted he has been left frustrated by Manchester United’s inconsistencies this season, as he suggested a succession of brushes with bad fortune has undermined their hopes this season.
Giggs will toast 25 years at United when he takes up his place on the United bench as assistant to manager Louis van Gaal for Thursday night’s Europa League game against Liverpool.
Yet it was a reflective and not a triumphant Giggs who spoke to the Telegraph, as he claimed United’s poor results this season were down to bad luck as much as poor tactical planning from Van Gaal.
“The consistency has been frustrating,” he stated. “We would go on a good run and then have a disappointing result.
“Obviously there have been a lot of injuries. A lot of them have been freak injuries – shoulders and Luke Shaw’s leg. A lot of knocks, the kind of things you can’t do anything about. And then when the squad gets small you are asking a lot of players to play games when maybe they could be rested or rotated.
“So it seems to have a domino effect when you do get a few injuries and we have just never got out of that. We are nine, 10 weeks left of the season and we are still in the FA Cup, still in the Europa League and still trying to get that top-four spot. We are still fighting and we still have something to play for.
“There are clubs in worse positions. The FA Cup is a competition we have a massive history in and we haven’t won it for 12 years so that’s huge for us. Liverpool, then (Manchester City) City: two big games in three days, if I was a player I would be looking forward to it.”
Giggs went on to praise United youngster Anthony Martial, who has made a big impact in his first season at Old Trafford.
“Anthony has been a breath of fresh air,” added Giggs.
“He came in for big money and he had been so consistent this year. It puts pressure on other players who aren’t as consistent because it is not normal for a young player.
“They can be brilliant for two or three games and then it will dip, but it doesn’t happen very often.
“People just mature at different times. It’s up to the individual to work hard and the cream usually rises to the top if you work hard and you have got the quality.”