29/04/2008 09:35, Report by Nick Coppack

United's winning blend

Experience is a vital ingredient in any top football side, but Ryan Giggs maintains United’s success this season has been equally driven by enthusiasm.

The arrival of summer signings Nani, 21, and Anderson, 20, has not only bolstered the Reds’ squad, it’s also seen energy levels rise to new highs.

Ahead of United’s Champions League semi-final second leg against Barcelona, Giggs refuted suggestions he felt responsible for calming some of the more inexperienced members of the squad.

“The younger lads have been so successful this season because of the enthusiasm and the youth they’ve got,” Giggs said at UEFA's pre-match press conference.

“It’s been infectious and has carried on right through the team.

“We’ve got a good mix of experience and youth. Experienced players use the experience they’ve gained and we’ve got many players who’ve played in European Cup finals before. We also have players who nearly got there last season and others who want to get there.”

Giggs said the only advice he’ll give the younger players ahead of tonight’s match will be to enjoy themselves.

“You’ve got to enjoy these games,” he said. “That’s why you become a footballer. These games don’t come around too often, so you have to go out and make the most of it.”


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