Ryan Giggs: Manchester United deserve more praise for 15-game unbeaten Premier League run

13 December 2010 09:17
Ryan Giggs accepts Manchester United's inconsistent form this season is the major reason why they have not been given the credit he feels they deserve for a 15-match unbeaten run.

United put that record on the line tonight in an eagerly-awaited top-of-the-table Premier League duel with Arsenal at Old Trafford.

Victory would put Sir Alex Ferguson's men in pole position to regain their title, while even a draw would leave United favourites by virtue of their game in hand, to be played at Blackpool next month.

Give us some credit: Ryan Giggs (left) insists Manchester United's unbeaten record is worthy of more praise

Yet Giggs acknowledges the Red Devils still have to convince plenty of pundits they are the real deal, even if some of their results - notably at Aston Villa last month - were worthy of famed late scraps of old.

'We are proud of the unbeaten record,' he said.

'People have not given us the respect we think we deserve but that is probably down to the manner of our results.

'We have thrown away games we should be winning. But we have dug results out as well.'

Big threat: Ryan Giggs fears Samir Nasri could be a thorn in United's side

Tonight promises to be an altogether different proposition.

United encounters with Arsenal have tended to be tasty affairs down the years and the latest instalment should be no different.

Ferguson has attempted to diffuse the more distasteful element by calling for his club's supporters not to engage in the disgraceful personal abuse of opposite number Arsene Wenger.

However, Wenger has been partially drawn into a spat by the inflammatory comments of Patrice Evra, who clearly feels the Gunners are far too concerned about the style of their football rather than any end product.

Yet Giggs, whose stellar career probably enjoyed its most notable moment against Arsenal with the 1999 semi-final replay winner that has been voted the greatest FA Cup goal of all-time, retains a healthy respect.

In particular, the 37-year-old has noted the input of Samir Nasri, whose recent performances have allowed Arsenal to shrug off the potentially devastating loss of star man Cesc Fabregas due to injury.

'Nasri has probably been one of the best players in the Premier League this season,' said Giggs.

'He has got balance and speed, can play on either wing or off the front. He is really versatile and has scored some great goals as well.

'He really seems to have come of age this year. Arsenal deserve a lot of credit for the way they have coped with losing a quality player like Fabregas and still carried on winning.'

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