Ryan Giggs still confident of Manchester United's title chances

Ryan Giggs has brushed off Manchester United's 1-0 defeat at Everton in their opening game of the season by striking a confident note that the club can reclaim the Premier League title from Manchester City.

The Welshman told Manutd.com: "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."

United lost to Everton following a Marouane Fellaini second-half header, but Giggs is now looking forward to United's game at Old Trafford against Fulham on Saturday. "Your first home game is the one that the fans are always excited about," he said.

"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."

Robin van Persie, United's new £23m signing, should make his full debut against Fulham and Giggs added: "It [the Dutchman's arrival] 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."