Giggs: Manchester United would prefer the Premier League over the Champions League
Ryan Giggs has revealed his ambition for the season is to retain the Premier League title, even at the expense of another Champions League victory.
The decorated midfielder has two Champions League winners' medals alongside his 13 from the Premier League and for the first time in his career is to form part of United's coaching team.
Winning the Champions League is widely considered the peak of a player's career given its reputation as the toughest competition in the game but regardless of the glory that comes with such success, Giggs is adamant that the Premier League will again be his priority.
'That is a difficult one,' Giggs told mufc.com when asked if he would prefer to win domestically or in Europe.
'I think you always go out each season to win the league. That’s always the priority. The rest is a lottery really.
'We saw that last season [in the Champions League against Real Madrid]. You can play well, perform well and do everything that’s asked of you but then things just don’t quite happen. All we can do is our best. But this club is all about winning. We’re the champions and we want to defend our title.'
After convincingly winning the 2012/2013 title in Sir Alex Ferguson's last season charge, United are in the unusual position of being considered underdogs due to a combination of David Moyes' appointment and Chelsea's and Manchester City's heavy recruitment drives.
Mesut Ozil is the latest to be linked with the club but there remain concerns that, ahead of Saturday's Premier League opener away to Swansea, United's midfield is understrength.