Ryan Giggs admits the Manchester United players are “frustrated” at having let Manchester City back into the title race - but determined to end Monday night's match still in the driving seat.
Just over two weeks ago Sir Alex Ferguson’s men were eight points clear of the Blues, but following a change in fortunes for both clubs, the lead has been reduced to just three points. Victory for City would now hand them the initiative because of their superior goal difference. Giggs, a veteran of 35 Manchester derbies, insists the players are well aware of what’s at stake and know they must perform to their best.
“We’re looking forward to the game more than anything,” Giggs told ManUtd.com. “It’s been a long week building up to it and as a player you just want to get out onto that pitch and perform. We just can’t wait for Monday night to come.
“We’re under no illusions that it’s a tough game but it’ll be a tough game for City as well. They will be looking at it and fancying themselves to win just like ourselves because they’re a good team and they’re at home. But we’re Man United, we’re the champions and we’ll be trying to put a statement out that shows we deserve to win this league.”
Sir Alex has labelled the clash the “biggest derby in my time” and Giggs agrees there has never been a more important one, given the game's timing in the season and the positions both teams are in. Ryan says it’s vital the Reds ignore the ever-increasing hype.
"We realise it’s a big game but as a United player you're used to that,” he added. “You’ve got to block out the hype and what’s being said – that’s been going on all through the season. One day people say City are going to win the title and then it’s United… we’re used to that. I must admit it’s hard to block it out, but you’ve got to try and be professional and not let emotions get the better of you. Your job is to train