Giggs buoyed by Shield win
Ryan Giggs has drawn confidence from Manchester United's convincing Community Shield victory over Chelsea ahead of the new Premier League season.
United were out for revenge in the Wembley clash on Sunday after the Blues beat them to the league title by a single point last season.
And 36-year-old midfielder Giggs feels the encouraging 3-1 win United produced puts them in good stead for the upcoming campaign.
"I felt we controlled the game," said Giggs. "Chelsea are a good team and at times we made them look ordinary.
"It is always nice to win in this manner and that is what we will take out of it.
"The aim of pre-season is to get through with no injuries but obviously you want to win games as well.
"We are confident and our pre-season has gone well and we topped it off with a good show."
Giggs accepts it will be tough at the top of the table this season, particularly with the threat of United's local rivals Manchester City, but has hinted Chelsea are still their main competition.
"Now there is Manchester City with their money," he added. "It is going to be interesting but I still think if we finish above Chelsea we will have a great chance."
Giggs is expecting an improved showing from the Red Devils this season, and rates Sir Alex Ferguson's squad as stronger than ever.
"If you look at the squad at Wembley, there were players who didn't even get on the bench," added Giggs.
"There's Rafael, Federico Macheda, Wes Brown, Tom Cleverley, who has done brilliantly pre-season. There's Rio Ferdinand, we have got Anderson to come back.
"We have got a really strong squad, so injuries permitting throughout the season, we can be stronger than last year."
Veteran Giggs admits he is glad to see the back of the pre-season, and is looking forward to getting stuck into the new campaign.
"My legs don't feel any worse with pre-season training because I hated it when I was 17," he added.
"Every player hates pre-season because it is all friendly games. You just want the real games to start."