And he’s not talking about the beautiful Wayne Rooney or the stunning Carlos Tevez. The Daily Telegraph report that Ryan Giggs is only too aware that points win prizes and that his Manchester United team must go to any lengths in order to land the title, even if it means sacrificing their exciting playing style.
“I did notice the praise Arsenal were getting earlier in the season, but it didn’t really bother me,” Giggs said. “Arsenal were playing good football, but we felt we were as well. I just thought, ‘Right, you keep talking about Arsenal, put the pressure on them and keep saying that Arsenal have won the league already and that they’re going to walk it.’
“It’s always been the United way to try to win with good football, but our ability to win ugly as well has been a trademark of the last 15 years or so. In the majority of games, we are going to try to play attractive football and score lots of goals, but we also need the added steel for games like the ones at Liverpool this season and last.
“We didn’t play particularly well in the last two games at Anfield but still managed to sneak a win. They’re the kind of results that really do win leagues, not the big wins like our 6-0 victory against Newcastle.”
Nevertheless, it’s not completely out of the equation that the title could be decided on goal difference this season, a fact that Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger will be all-too aware of. Both teams have a GD of +36, although United have the advantage of going to St James’ Park the weekend after next – bonus time!