Giggs: Campaign's been crazy
Ryan Giggs says "it has been a crazy season so far" - but is confident Manchester United can finish strongly again.
Giggs, who turns 40 on Friday, is well versed in the myriad twists and turns of Premier League campaigns by now.
However, 2013/14 is proving to be a particularly up-and-down season for United, who lie sixth in the table after 12 games, seven points behind leaders Arsenal.
The Red Devils endured a chaotic September, losing to Liverpool, Manchester City and West Brom, but have since put together a 10-match unbeaten run in all competitions.
"It has been a crazy season so far," said Giggs.
"We've been in so many title races and from experience, we know we've just got to hang in there while we're not at our brilliant best.
"As long as we're there or thereabouts in January and we get a run together, history shows that the team who does that will have a great chance of winning the league."
As he is now working in a player-coach role under David Moyes at Old Trafford, Giggs says his reaction to a defeat has to be of benefit to those around him.
"Experience tells you how to deal with it," the Welshman told The Times.
"When I was younger, I would go home after a defeat, close the curtains, not leave the house, not watch any sport.
"You can't be like that when you're a coach. You've got to help give the players the foundation they maybe haven't got.
"They might not have known that feeling before. They might read the papers and believe it. They might think 'is this it?'
"You tell them, 'I remember thinking it was the end of the world after we got thrashed by so and so, but we ended up winning the Double'. It's giving the players that insight when, like me years ago, they might have felt it was the end of the world."
On Wednesday, United are in Champions League action at Bayer Leverkusen where they will be hoping to seal qualification out of Group A, before returning for a league clash at Tottenham on Sunday.