Giggs - We're stronger now

United winger optimistic of ending season with success

Ryan Giggs believes Manchester United's squad is more equipped to win both the Premier League and UEFA Champions League this season.

United reclaimed the domestic title last term, but succumbed to Milan in the semi-finals of the Champions League as injuries hit Sir Alex Ferguson's squad.

But veteran winger Giggs feels the club are now in better shape to mount a concerted challenge for home and European success in the coming weeks.

"I think the squad is more equipped than last year," said Giggs in the Manchester Evening News.

"We have brought in players and we haven't got any injuries at the moment, so hopefully that will continue when the games are Saturday-Wednesday-Saturday and each game is a cup final.

"The manager can afford to chop and change if any of the lads are tired or someone is not showing the form he expects of them. He can do that at the moment.

"We have probably got two players for each position at present which is ideal because we can play two teams."

Calming influence

Giggs, who has been captain in the absence of the injured Gary Neville, also expects United's senior figures to have an important role to play in the run-in.

He added: "It is important that the experienced players help. We have had a lot of younger players come through this season similar to last season.

"Myself, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and Edwin van der Sar, who have won leagues and experienced tough times and run-ins before, helped the young lads last year and will help others this time.

"We help them in whatever way we can. It may be either vocally or whether it be on the pitch showing the right temperament and being a calming influence.

"It is difficult when you a young lad coming through has not faced a run-in and the games are coming thick and fast and big games at that. You have to try and get up for every game. But the young lads who hadn't won anything last year did really well."