Ryan Giggs says that the kind of atmosphere the fans helped create during Manchester United’s Champions League victory over Olympiakos in the week can also help his team overcome Manchester City in their Premier League encounter on Tuesday.
The 40-year-old midfielder was a surprise inclusion in Manchester United’s second-leg tie against Olympiakos, but he certainly played a key role in another famous night of European football at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils went into the game trailing 2-0 from the first-leg, but a Robin Van Persie hat-trick helped Manchester United recover and win 3-2 over two legs – setting up a mouth-watering quarter-final tie with reigning European champions Bayern Munich.
Van Persie took the plaudits, yet it was arguably Ryan Giggs’ dynamic midfield display which helped spur the team - and the fans - on.
Whilst Manchester United can now look forward to their huge clash with Bayern, immediate attention must turn to Tuesday night’s clash with Manchester City at Old Trafford.
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini’s team are currently third in the Premier League, six points behind Chelsea - but with three games in hand.
Manchester United know that getting a result against City will act as another confidence booster, as well as putting a serious dent in their rival’s title bid.
Giggs admitted in an interview with the Mirror that Manchester United haven’t performed well enough at times this season, but hopes the supporters can help his team overcome Manchester City.
Giggs commented: 'We need the atmosphere the fans generated (against Olympiakos) and continue to generate.
'The fans stuck with us all the way and got us over the finishing line. We need that type of performance if we are going to beat City'.
The Red Devils currently sit in a lowly seventh place in the table, yet Giggs is adamant he still sees quality on the training ground:
'But we know the quality in the team, that is the frustrating bit. I see it every day in training and we haven’t transferred it on to the pitch enough times. Hopefully, this will kick-start our season'.