Ryan Giggs has expressed his admiration for Manchester United's new generation - and has thanked the fans for backing those who broke into the team on a regular basis last season.
The veteran midfielder understands that life can be challenging for players trying to impress at Old Trafford but he feels there has been plenty of support and patience for the likes of Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley, David De Gea, Ashley Young and Phil Jones - even if their form occasionally dipped below the high standards they have already set.
Giggs can speak from experience after narrowly missing losing the title race to Leeds in his first full season as a regular starter and he is convinced his younger team-mates will respond positively to the setback.
"It’s been great for the more established players to see the young players come through and do so well," Ryan told ManUtd.com.
"I know from myself as a young player who came through how tough it can be sometimes. When everything’s going well for the team, it’s all great and everything’s rosy. Then you hit a bit of bad form and it’s more difficult for a younger player because you haven't got a platform to fall back upon.
"I was impressed by the consistency of all the young players and the new signings who came in last season. The fans were [also] great... they supported the young players really well."
- Ryan Giggs