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Ryan Giggs wants Manchester United install fear into their rivals

Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs says his side must keep recent performances and results in their mind as the Welsh Winger wants them to continue heading towards their peak, especially in what will be the most testing period of the season with three of their next five matches against Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal, who the club need to beat in a bid to better their end of season league position to earn a UEFA Champions League place next season. United face West Bromwich Albion on Monday evening, which will be a tricky match, then they head into a double-header with Chelsea travelling to Old Trafford followed by an away match in the Manchester derby at the Etihad. Crystal Palace travel to Old Trafford before United face Arsenal at the Emirates.

United’s last two matches, before the international break, were hard-fought wins against West Ham United, which saw captain Wayne Rooney dismissed for a petulant challenge on Stewart Downing, and Everton, in which David De Gea earned praise for keeping his side ahead and earning all three points. Similar performances against West Bromwich Albion, Chelsea, Manchester City, Crystal Palace and Arsenal will put the squad in a great position in the league, where they are currently fourth.

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Giggs has seen some promising signs on the pitch during recent matches, but he feels the squad will need to get into top gear and stay there for the upcoming matches. If United won all five of their next fixtures, the rest of the league will look at them with envy, just think of the feeling if they beat league leaders Chelsea, league champions Manchester City and ‘same old’ Arsenal. Those nine points would bring the swagger back! Speaking about his sides form to the official Manchester United website at the HMV Extravaganza earlier this week, Giggs said:

“These are the games you want to be involved in and play in. And they will be a test.

“Chelsea have probably been the standout team so far with City just behind them and we want to be up there testing ourselves against those teams. We feel that we do belong up there but we perhaps haven’t shown it consistently this season.

“We’ve shown glimpses over the last few weeks and hopefully we’ll have a lot of players coming back for those games. The form has slowly begun to get better and better and we want to hit form going into those matches.”

Giggs is working hard with manager Louis van Gaal and the rest of the coaching staff to ensure that the squad have the best possible preparation for the next five matches. Giggs, who retired as a player at the end of last season says that nothing can replace the buzz of being involved in matches like this, but he insisted that he is loving his new career as the clubs new assistant manager, which could see him installed as the manager of the club in the future, something that former manager Sir Alex Ferguson saw the legendary player as doing in the future. Giggs concluded by saying:

“It’s a great experience for me to work under such a top manager who has such a good track record. I’m really enjoying it and the manager has been really good with me.

“I’m doing as much as I can to make sure we’re in form and ready for each game. A lot of work goes into that and we’re slowly seeing the benefits of it.”

Monday nights cannot come quick enough after the international break kept club football out of our lived for the last fortnight. The visit to The Hawthorns will be a tough match considering the form of West Bromwich Albion at the moment. Saido Berahino will be a player to watch and with United’s defence as it is right now, could be a problem with David De Gea needing to put in a hell of a performance once again to ensure United do not slip up in their match. I am sure Giggs, Van Gaal and the rest of the coaching staff will be educating the squad about the Baggies in the run up to the match, it is just a shame that we have to wait a full weekend and all day on Monday before we can see United play. A victory will send the squad into the encounter with Chelsea in good spirits, and with the Chelsea match being the last game of Rooney’s suspension, the rest could do him wonders against noisy neighbours and champions Manchester City.

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