Giggs: United are still THE team to play for

RYAN GIGGS reckons Robin van Persie’s arrival proves Manchester United are still England’s No1 team.

The Dutchman left Arsenal for Old Trafford in the pursuit of silverware after seven trophyless seasons with the Gunners.

And Giggs says the £22million hitman will soon be challenging for top honours — despite United also missing out on a pot last year.

The Welshman said: “The Van Persie signing sends out a big message. And it’s great when a player comes out and says he wants to come to the club as well.

“I’m biased but players should want to come to United because you’re always guaranteed to be up there challenging for trophies.

“There’s a great team spirit, top facilities and you get to play for a great manager. There are so many plus points.”

United’s campaign got off on the wrong foot after a 1-0 defeat at Everton on Monday.

But Giggs says the players are staying positive and cannot wait to get going in front of their home fans against Fulham on Saturday.

He said: “Your first home game is the one that the fans are always excited about. They want to see the team again and the new players.

“I’m more excited than ever about the season. You appreciate and try to enjoy things a lot more as your career comes towards the end and I’m no different. I can’t wait for it all to unfold.

“It wasn’t a nice feeling to lose the title last season, it never is. But it was the manner in which we lost it which was tough to take.

“I’m sure if we put that much effort in again and get that little bit of luck then we’ll go that extra step.”