Ryan Giggs on prioritising titles: Always the Premier League

Manchester United's player-coach wants to defend the club's domestic crown.

Veteran midfielder and burgeoning coach Ryan Giggs, 39, has reinforced his personal beliefs and Manchester United's most pressing priority: to successfully defend the Premier League title even if it is to the detriment of their progression in other tournaments.

The Champions League, regarded to be the highest honour at club-level football and a tournament Giggs has won twice, is more of a 'lottery', as teams can play exquisitely but fail to prevail, the Welshman claims.

In an interview with the club's official website, Giggs is quoted to have said: 'I think you always go out each season to win the league; that’s always the priority.

'The rest is a lottery really. You can play well, perform well and do everything that’s asked of you but then things just don’t quite happen. All we can do is our best. But this club is all about winning. We’re the champions and we want to defend our title.'

Giggs foresees a more competitive division this year round as three top clubs have undergone managerial changes while Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool will all push on.

'There have also been changes at Chelsea and Manchester City and no-one really knows what will happen,' said Giggs, who has won the Premier League a record-breaking 13 times.

'There are some really good teams and some really good managers who are going to be battling it out and it’s probably going to be closer than ever. All the top teams have great quality. City will want to win the league back, Chelsea have got the experience of Jose Mourinho and, of course, we’re the champions.

'Then you’ve got the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool all fighting as well.'

United begin their campaign on Saturday, August 17 as they travel to Swansea City in order to participate in the late afternoon kick-off.

What do you think a club's priority should be if they are competing on four fronts? The Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup or League Cup? Tell us in the comment section below!

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