Friday 10 February 2012
Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs says he is desperate to keep the Red Devils ahead of Liverpool as they prepare to meet their rivals at Old Trafford this weekend.
United won their 19th English League title last season, taking them one ahead of Liverpool, who won their 18th in 1990.
Giggs, who has won 12 titles with United since 1992-93, says they are driven on to remain the most successful club going into Saturday's crucial 12.45pm Barclays Premier League meeting.
"Now we've caught Liverpool the challenge is to stay ahead of them"
- Ryan Giggs
"It's the club we tried to catch for so long and now we've caught them the challenge is to stay ahead," the 38-year-old Giggs said.
Talking to Inside United and quoted on the club's official website, he added: "They're a club similar to us with massive history.
"We're the two most successful teams in the country, so we know we've got to perform and play well to get anything from any game against them. We know we're in for a tough game."
United are two points behind leaders Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League, and they are in the middle of a tough set of fixtures, with a match against Tottenham also coming up.
"We know it's a tough run of games but these are the games you want to be playing in," said Giggs.
"We're not quite at the make-or-break part of the season, but it's an important time and we know that if we win these games then we'll be in good shape going into the run-in."
It will be the first meeting between the two clubs that could involve both Patrice Evra and Luis Suarez since Suarez was hit with an eight-match ban after being found guilty of racially abusing Evra at their match in October.
But Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish wants Saturday's focus to be on the football and nothing else.
"Everyone involved, including the media, the supporters and both teams have a responsibility to ensure this weekend is remembered as a cracking game of football between two very good sides, rather than for anything else," Dalglish told the Reds' website.
"I thought everyone involved in the FA Cup tie at Anfield played their part in making sure that the match was played in the right way, so let's make sure that happens again this weekend."