Giggs: Confidence flowing at United

Midfielder Ryan Giggs feels things are shaping up nicely for Manchester United ahead of the festive period.

United’s 3-2 derby victory at Manchester City on Sunday put them six points clear of the second-placed Blues in the Barclays Premier League table.

Giggs rates the performance among the team’s top three of the season and sees it as one of several encouraging signs – including the imminent return to the defence of skipper Nemanja Vidic, who is expected to make his playing comeback against Sunderland on Saturday – for their overall prospects as they prepare for a hectic Christmas schedule.

Asked if squad morale had been boosted by victory over City, Giggs told’s podcast Red Voices: “It should do, purely because of the way we performed.

“The bench is very strong and some players aren’t even getting on it.

“The squad is looking good at the moment and we’ve got our captain, Nemanja Vidic, coming back soon.

“We have got everything in place for the busy Christmas period and the confidence of such a great result.

“We accept that we are letting too many goals in and we’ve had to come from behind too often, but the signs are there that this could be a very good season for us.

“Chelsea (another 3-2 win), Newcastle (a 3-0 victory) and City away have been our three best performances and you probably can’t get three bigger challenges.

“The quality and the form is there, we just need the consistency – which we will hopefully get now the Champions League is over (until February) and internationals are gone, and we can purely concentrate on the Premier League and later the FA Cup.”

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson spoke before the derby of his optimism that Vidic, absent from the squad since September due to a knee injury, would feature in Saturday’s home league encounter with Sunderland.

Asked about if the Serbian might play against City, Ferguson said: “No. definitely not.

“To put him in at City for his first game back would be crazy but I think the Sunderland game definitely.”

Vidic could replace Jonny Evans, who picked up a hamstring problem in the City match.

More in this Section

France remain on course for Six Nations Grand Slam after beating Wales in CardiffFrance remain on course for Six Nations Grand Slam after beating Wales in Cardiff

13-man Wexford steal victory with stoppage time goal at Croke Park13-man Wexford steal victory with stoppage time goal at Croke Park

Beara power to emphatic victory over Castlegregory Beara power to emphatic victory over Castlegregory

Tipperary to wear jerseys commemorating Bloody Sunday centenaryTipperary to wear jerseys commemorating Bloody Sunday centenary


Keep chomping on those carrots so your eyes will be in perfect working order for that prolonged annual gaze through the keyhole as Home of the Year returns for a sixth series next week.Home of the Year offers a good excuse for a bit of good-natured interiors voyeurism

They differ from the more prevalent oranges we eat because their flesh, and often the skin, is crimson or deep red in colour.Michelle Darmody: The best time of year to buy blood oranges

The annual Members Exhibition now underway at the Lavit Gallery in Cork features 92 works from 72 artists.The exhibition runs until March 7.Under the hammer: Your guide to upcoming auctions

There’s an oriental theme at the James Adam ‘At Home’ auction in Dublin, says Des O’SullivanAuctions: Sale full of eastern promise

More From The Irish Examiner