"We deserve more", said Giggs
Ryan Giggs has demanded United be shown more respect for the 15-match unbeaten run that has propelled the Reds to within one point of the Premier League summit with a game in hand.
The Welsh legend believes his Old Trafford team-mates have been underestimated following an inconsistent start to the campaign, which saw points dropped against Fulham, Everton and Bolton in the opening six matches.
Despite this, United remain undefeated and Giggs is confident the Reds are finally hitting form ahead of a blockbuster double-header of fixtures against Arsenal and Chelsea.
“Every game is big but when you come up against the teams around you, it is going to be a big game. This (Arsenal) is probably our biggest game, but I will be saying the same thing next week before Chelsea. They are coming thick and fast at the moment, which is what you want,” the veteran added.
“People have not given us the respect we think we deserve. We don't think about not losing games, we just think about trying to win them. Of course, you don't want to lose but first and foremost we will be trying to win.
“We are proud of the unbeaten record and we want to keep it for as long as we can. It (disrespect) is probably down to the manner of it. Some of the draws have been frustrating. We have thrown away games that we should be winning and we have ended up drawing. But we have come back in games. We scored late on against Wolves, we came back against Bolton. We have dug results out.”
Arsenal, currently one point clear in the title race, visit Old Trafford on Monday having not beaten United since November 2008, when a Samir Nasri brace inspired Arsene Wenger’s side a 2-1 win at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners have failed to beat the Sir Alex Ferguson’s side in five fixtures since, though Giggs is more than aware of the threat posed by the Reds’ great rivals, especially French winger Nasri, who has impressed the veteran midfielder this term.
“Nasri has probably been one of the best players in the Premier League this season. He has scored some great goals. He has got balance and speed. He can play on either wing. He can play off the front. He is really versatile as well. He seems to have really come of age this year. When you lose a quality player like Fabregas and you can still carry on winning - that is credit to the Arsenal team.”