Giggs: It's been a team effort
Ryan Giggs believes it has been a team effort for United this season as the Reds look to seal the title on Saturday at Blackburn.
The veteran midfielder will equal David James’ record for Premier League appearances if he plays at Ewood Park but it’s trophies rather than personal accolades that he is pursuing.
With so many players contributing at different times to the campaign, Giggs appreciates the value of having such a strong squad when fighting on so many fronts.
“We are hoping to get it done and dusted this weekend,” he said. “I wouldn't say it was a relaxed build-up. We still need a point. Blackburn are fighting for their lives and it is always a difficult place to go. They are local rivals, but we are in good form. We are playing well and are confident.
“It is always special to win the league but it means more when you haven't won it the year before. You are under a little bit of pressure to win it back. Chelsea got off to such a good start. People outside the club were doubting our ability as individuals and as a team. It is a nice way to end what we hope will be a very good campaign."
Giggs feels the team ethic instilled by Sir Alex Ferguson always stands United in good stead when the trophies are being handed out.
"Ever since I came into the team, the spirit has been excellent," he continued. "We have really good strength in depth. You can see that in the players who are not even getting on the bench.
"We have quality players. We knew what we had in the changing room and we knew what we were capable of. Perhaps earlier in the season, we weren't hitting the highs that we have done after Christmas. But another quality we have is grinding out the results.
“It has been a team success. Over the past three or four years, if you asked the supporters who their player of the season was, Wayne would be last year, before that Cristiano. This year, if you ask 10 people, you would come up with 10 different answers for different reasons; Nani for his goals and assists, Berbatov for his goals, Hernandez for his first season, unbelievable, Nemanja, brilliant as always. Antonio coming back at such a vital stage. Edwin's consistency. The list goes on and on, but there’s probably not been one stand-out performer.”