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Giggs: Young guns need to take chance

RYAN GIGGS believes the next couple of weeks could shape the futures of some Manchester United youngsters.

Despite winning the Premier League title with four games to spare, Alex Ferguson insists his players are not winding down towards their summer holidays.

However, Belgian teenager Adnan Januzaj has already been added to the United squad, hinting at the possibility he will appear on the bench at least before the campaign reaches its conclusion.

And if the opportunity comes, Giggs knows it has to be accepted.

"I have seen so many young players over the years have a chance and not really take it," said the Welshman. "Others think 'this is my chance I am going to make sure the manager takes notice' and they perform like they have been doing in the youth team or the reserves.

"Nick Powell did it earlier this season. He came on against Wigan and scored. That is what young players have to do."

For, as Giggs knows from his own experience and scores of others since, Ferguson will not be scared to throw inexperienced players into the first-team fray.

"It doesn't matter how old you are at this club," said Giggs. "If you are performing the manager will play you. He has a track record of introducing young players into the team. It is a really important part of the club."

Giggs will hope to earn selection for Sunday's encounter with Europa League finalists Chelsea. It would take him onto 937 appearances during an amazing 22-year career that has brought him 13 league titles.

"The hunger comes from a lot of things," he said.

"Obviously I am coming to the end of my career, so I am always thinking could this be my last chance to win a trophy."