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Giggs homes in on maintaining advantage

RYAN Giggs is targeting maximum points from back-to-back home games to stabilise Manchester United's Premier League title challenge ahead of the trip to Manchester City later this month.

United suffered their first defeat since the start of January when they lost 1-0 at Wigan on Wednesday, allowing City to cut their lead to five points with five games of the season remaining.

The importance of retaining that advantage prior to the encounter at the Etihad Stadium, thus denying the Blues an opportunity to go top, cannot be understated.

And Giggs has made it clear he wants Aston Villa this Sunday and Everton the following week to be disposed of with the minimum of fuss.

"It is important that we get six points from the next two games," Giggs said. "We are at Old Trafford, we are at home.

"We will be looking to win both games and put the pressure on. We have had poor performances throughout the season and results but we have always bounced back."

There did seem to be an element of the law of averages catching up with United at Wigan.

After all, manager Alex Ferguson always knew his side could not continue to win every game and, after eight straight triumphs, were due a dip in fortunes.


In addition, Wigan, having lost all the previous 14 matches against United, had to come out on top at some point and were in decent form, beating Liverpool away and only leaving Stamford Bridge with nothing on Saturday due to the incompetence of the match officials.

Giggs has been around long enough to accept unexpected setbacks are part of the overall test of champions.

"We don't have to get too down," he said. "The main thing is that we have recovered from it. That is what we have to do again."

Giggs also conceded that "you make your own luck", and the onus will be on United to do just that on Sunday against an Aston Villa side battling against a chronic injury list.