Ryan Giggs: Reds must hit top form
Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs says the Reds must take heart from recent performances and results and wants the team to continue edging towards the peak of their powers during the most testing part of the season so far.
Two hard-fought wins over West Ham and Everton in the last couple of weeks have lifted the Reds to fourth in the table. West Brom are next up on Monday night at The Hawthorns, before a home meeting with Chelsea and away trips to Manchester City and Arsenal in the space of a month during October and November.
Giggs says there have been promising signs of late on the pitch, but maintains that the squad will need to be as close to top gear as possible for the upcoming challenges.
"These are the games you want to be involved in and play in. And they will be a test," he told ManUtd.com at the HMV Football Extravaganza earlier this week.
"Chelsea have probably been the standout team so far with City just behind them and we want to be up there testing ourselves against those teams. We feel that we do belong up there but we perhaps haven't shown it consistently this season.
"We've shown glimpses over the last few weeks and hopefully we'll have a lot of players coming back for those games. The form has slowly begun to get better and better and we want to hit form going into those matches."
Giggs is working hard with Louis van Gaal and the rest of the coaching staff to ensure the best possible preparation for the players ahead of the imminent clashes. And while nothing can replace the buzz of being involved in them as a player, Giggs insists he is loving his new career as van Gaal's assistant.
"It's a great experience for me to work under such a top manager who has such a good track record," he added. "I'm really enjoying it and the manager has been really good with me.
"I'm doing as much as I can to make sure we're in form and ready for each game. A lot of work goes into that and we're slowly seeing the benefits of it."