Giggs - Rovers the benchmark

Ryan Giggs has challenged Manchester United to try and play like they did against Blackburn in every game.

The Red Devils produced a scintillating display to thrash Rovers 7-1 a fortnight ago, with Dimitar Berbatov scoring five of the goals after linking up with Wayne Rooney to devastating effect.

Last weekend's postponement at Blackpool means they have not played in the Premier League since, and Giggs is now looking to prove the performance was not a one-off.

The Welshman wants more of the same for the rest of the season, although nobody is expecting a similar scoreline when United welcome title rivals Arsenal to Old Trafford on Monday.

"The Blackburn game is the benchmark," said Giggs. "Everything clicked that day. Some of the forward play was exceptional.

"That is what we want and what we know we are capable of doing. In games and training, the idea is to go out and reach it again."


United have dropped points from winning positions on several occasions this season, drawing seven of their 15 Premier League games.

However, they have still not been defeated and Giggs is determined to keep that record intact for as long as possible.

He said: "We are proud of the unbeaten record. People have not given us the respect we think we deserve but that is probably down to the manner of our results."

"We have thrown away games we should be winning. But we have dug results out as well. We scored late on against Wolves and we came back against Bolton."

Giggs accepts that while United aim to reproduce their Blackburn heroics, Arsenal will also be trying to impose their own attacking style at Old Trafford.

Nasri praise

Samir Nasri has been the Gunners' brightest star this season, turning in a series of sparkling performances to help offset Cesc Fabregas' recent absence through injury.

Giggs has been impressed by the Frenchman, saying: "Nasri has probably been one of the best players in the Premier League this season.

"He has got balance and speed, can play on either wing or off the front. He is really versatile and has scored some great goals as well.

"He really seems to have come of age this year.

"Arsenal deserve a lot of credit for the way they have coped with losing a quality player like Fabregas and still carried on winning."