Giggs Eyes More Wembley Joy
The business end of the season is upon us; what has the manager been telling the players in recent weeks?
He’s just telling us to carry on doing what we’re doing. Our form’s been good, as individuals and as a team. Whatever team the manager picks he’s confident we can do a job. We know not everyone will play every game, but we know that everyone will play a part from now until the end of the season.
Some of the young lads won their first trophy at Wembley in the Carling Cup final. How will that have made them feel?
It gives you a big boost when you win your first trophy. You get to experience that winning feeling and then the challenge is to make that more of a habit than a one-off event. Winning trophies is what this club is all about. Those young guys have probably won one or two things in the youth team or in the Reserves. But to do it at senior level, and to do it at Wembley alongside the more experienced players, will have been a big deal for these young lads. It doesn’t get any bigger than playing at Wembley and we only achieved success in the Carling Cup this season because of them.
Will that experience of playing at Wembley help if those young players are called upon again?
Absolutely. It will have prepared them for big games that are still to come and the experience of playing at Wembley will help them handle the pressure that comes with that. You’re under the spotlight as a youngster and you have to be able to handle the stuff that comes off the field as much as the pressure on the pitch.
There have been calls for a Footballer of the Year award this season. How does that sit with you?
It sits well! That would be nice, but there are a lot of players who have done well this season. At Liverpool, for example, there are people like [Steven] Gerrard and [Xabi] Alonso who have been terrific and I think Frank Lampard’s had another good season. We’ve also got a few players here at United who would be deserving winners of that award.