"Make your mark in America" – that’s the message from Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs to all the players as the club's July trip to the US draws ever closer.
Speaking exclusively to ManUtd.com
, Giggs explained how important it is for the squad to get a positive pre-season campaign under their belts and to impress Louis van Gaal and his coaching staff during Tour 2015, presented by Aon
Giggs: Make your mark on tour
Speaking exclusively to ManUtd.com, Giggs explained how important it is for the squad to get a positive pre-season campaign under their belts and to impress Louis van Gaal and his coaching staff during Tour 2015, presented by Aon.
Posted by RyanGiggs.cc on Thursday, July 2, 2015
“Young players might come on tour thinking they'll not get many minutes but then suddenly there'll be an injury to a senior player," explained Giggs. "The young player might then have a ten or fifteen-minute cameo, play really well, get into the team for the next game and do really well again. So the tour is definitely an important stage for the young players to make their mark.
“I think you’ve seen a lot of players play well in pre-season and take that into the first part of the season. It’s a massive thing as an individual to get the best out of yourself. If you can get off to a good start it gives you confidence so you definitely can’t take the pre-season games lightly. Gone are the days when you’d play easy games – every match is tough and every stadium is sold out so you want to do well for the fans that have come to watch you.
“The tour is always a crucial part of pre-season,” added United’s record appearance-maker. “It’s a time for new players to get to know their team-mates, and the coaches can spend quality time with the team and work on certain things going into the season.
“It’s not always the case that if you have a good pre-season [as a team] you’re going to go on and have a great season, but the main thing about pre-season is to get through it with fit players, players playing enough games and no injuries. That’s the main objective.”