Giggs spurred on to beat Liverpool's league title record
Published 18/03/2010 | 11:40
Ryan Giggs has admitted that the prospect of erasing Liverpool from the history books is a driving force for himself and Manchester United as they bid to win a 19th league title this season.
United midfielder Giggs, who has won 11 title medals at Old Trafford, is in contention to return from five weeks on the sidelines with a broken arm in time for Sunday’s home clash with Liverpool.
English football’s two traditional superpowers are locked together on 18 domestic titles, but Liverpool’s failure to win the league since 1991 enabled United to draw level with the Merseysiders last season.
And with United in the running to surpass that mark this term - at the same time as becoming the first English club to win four successive titles - Giggs admits the chance to leave Liverpool in their wake is a real motivation for United.
He said: "We are trying to win the league this year and whatever records you break or whatever things you do in history comes after.
“But as a United fan, for me it (surpassing Liverpool) comes into it because I grew up seeing Liverpool win everything.
"At the moment, though, we want to win the game on Sunday to try and help us win the league.
“It's a massive game, purely because it is Liverpool, and it is towards the end of the season so there is so much riding on it.”
Giggs, 36, has seen Liverpool win the last three meetings against United, including a 4-1 rout at Old Trafford 12 months ago.
That defeat almost cost United the title, with Liverpool mounting a late surge in a bid to topple Sir Alex Ferguson’s team.
And Giggs admits that United will go into Sunday’s clash determined to avenge last year’s heavy defeat.
Giggs said: “We let ourselves down last year. Hopefully that won't be the case this time because we are in good form and scoring goals.
"No matter how the teams are doing, it is just a massive rivalry because of the history between the two teams. They are two successful clubs.
"There is always lots of quality on the pitch so you know need to perform whether you are at Anfield or Old Trafford.”