Next up on the Reds’ radar is a New Year’s Day trip to Wigan. United saw off the Latics comfortably earlier this season with a 4-0 win at Old Trafford, but the squad’s memories of the last visit to the DW Stadium are less memorable.
“Last season when we went there we didn’t play well and Wigan were in good form and we lost 1-0,” recalls Giggs. “We knew they were in a false position going into that game and that they were playing well. When you don’t turn up and you play a team in good form you’re always going to come unstuck no matter who you play in the Premier League. It was tough especially when you consider our [good] record there and it undoubtedly contributed to us losing the title.
“Wigan are a tough team to play against. They play with a different system to what we’re used to and they play it well. I’m surprised that they’re down there [towards the bottom of the table] considering the tough game they gave us last season and this season at Old Trafford where they played well. Roberto Martinez has got his own system and it’s very tough to play against, so we’ll need to play well.
“Christmas is a busy time. When you’ve got four games in nine days you’re going to get different results and things will change. The most important thing is not to panic and just look after your own results and your own performances, and hopefully we’re in a good position come January.”
Ryan was talking to ManUtd.com, PA Sport and Absolute Radio.