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'Unique freak' Giggs revels in 13th title

Simon Stone

Published 27/04/2013 | 13:27

Ryan Giggs has won 13 league titles at Manchester United
Ryan Giggs has won 13 league titles at Manchester United

Ryan Giggs insists his 13th Premier League title-winning campaign has been one of his best.

The Welshman, who was labelled a "unique freak" by Sir Alex Ferguson following the championship-sealing victory over Aston Villa on Monday, has now extended his own record in lifting the most English titles.

Giggs is not one to spend too long reflecting on such matters.

However, given the gut-wrenching manner of last season's demise, the team who took their coveted trophy away and the overwhelming manner of this term's success, the 39-year-old has no hesitation in declaring this year as one of the finest.

"If you look at the amount of wins we have had, you have to recognise it has been a brilliant season in the league," he said.

"Some of the performances have been superb.

"Whenever you win the Premier League it is something special.

"Obviously, if you look at the end of last season that was a huge disappointment.

"To come back the following year and perform so strongly means it must rank really high.

"Overall, we have to be happy with the way it has worked out."

Having already extended his contract into next season, Giggs knows exactly what his immediate plans are.

After United have completed their final four fixtures, starting at Arsenal tomorrow, he will jet off on an annual summer holiday, return fully rested, and get ready to do it all again, almost as if this season has never happened.

"You just enjoy the moment," he said.

"Then you go on holiday, come back and do it all again.

"That is the way it is at United.

"You want to enjoy what you have done this season because it is a great achievement but you have to retain the hunger to do it again."

Giggs is a past master at such things.

Yet the sheer scale of his career sets him apart from virtually any other player - only Paolo Maldini had anything like the same longevity at one of the world's biggest clubs in the modern era.

Even now there is a desire for more, an inner spark that continues to drive him and ensure his competitive streak is back on view at Arsenal should his only club boss decide Giggs is required.

"We want to make sure we apply ourselves in the right way," said Giggs.

"Champions League places are at stake. Relegation. Europe.

"That is also important. We want to be fair to the other teams favours in that position."

There are also records to aim for, including that Premier League best tally of 95 points Chelsea posted in 2005.

"The aim is to get as many points as we can, then hopefully we can get the record," said Giggs.

"It won't be easy because we have some tough games coming up.

"We always want to win games. The manager makes sure of that.

"If we don't perform he won't be happy, whether we have won the league or not.

"We want to go off in the summer knowing we have had a good end to the season."

With only one defeat in 11 games against Arsenal, United have the capacity to reward Arsene Wenger for his side's guard of honour by taking points off them as well.

Yet, under the circumstances, with the Gunners in their most convincing form of the season and United playing purely for pride, it would be no surprise if the home side came out on top.

Just don't tell Giggs.

"Arsenal can beat anyone on their day," he said.

"They are a great club and have a lot of talented players.

"If you don't perform at the Emirates we have found out in the past you will come unstuck.

"It might be easier for us that the pressure is off, but only if you manage it right.

"The idea is to enjoy ourselves and relax and play some of the football we have done all season."

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