Ryan Giggs believes Manchester United will come through what he has described as a ‘massive period’ of the season as they face a number of high profile games in the coming weeks.
Manchester United have had a horrendous start to the Premier League season, losing three of their opening eight games of the season, while also dropping points at home to Valencia in the Champions League.
With a trip to face Chelsea next up for the Red Devils, before welcoming a Cristiano Ronaldo led Juventus to Old Trafford on Tuesday night, former wing wizard Ryan Giggs has tipped Jose Mourinho’s side to come through this tough run of games thanks to the fighting spirit they showed to beat Newcastle in their last outing.
“There’s lots being spoken about Manchester United and Jose Mourinho, but if you go back to the last game against Newcastle then them coming back like that you’d hope would give them massive confidence,” Giggs told Sky Sports’ Class of 92 diary.
“It’s the start of a massive period for them with Chelsea and Juventus coming up and also Manchester City not too far away, so they’ll need that confidence.
“This is the period that United need to be getting up for the games and I wouldn’t be surprised if they come through this period pretty well because they are capable of playing against and matching the good teams.
“I was at the game against Newcastle and the visitors played really well in the first half and you sometimes get that. I played in games where you’re down 1-0 or 2-0 and you’re forced to go for it. With the attacking ability they’ve got they’ve always got a chance.
“For example, Anthony Martial didn’t play well in the first half but in the second he came out flying and that’s nothing to do with the manager, that’s the player doing it for themselves, so sometimes you can’t put everything on the manager.
“They got three goals in the last game so obviously the attacking threats are there, obviously you’d like to get that attacking intent for 90 minutes but if you play like that against Chelsea and go 1-0 down it’s a long way back – you can possibly get away with it against so-called lesser teams.
“So this period really is crucial for Manchester United – if you beat teams around you then it gives you not only three points but huge confidence as well so if they come through this period with a couple of wins against the big teams then they’re back in it.
“I’m not saying they can challenge for the title but they’re well capable of at least being up there and in these big games if one manager knows how to dig out results it’s Mourinho.”