Manchester United’s veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs called on teammates to put their 0-1 loss to Everton behind them and focus on their impending clash against Newcastle tomorrow.
United lost to the Toffees at the Old Trafford for the first time since August 1992 due to a late goal from Bryan Oviedo. The result, United’s fourth defeat of the season, condemned David Moyes’ men to the ninth spot on the English Premier League table.
“It’s a quick turnaround, but we’ve got to pick ourselves up,” Giggs told MUTV. “We cannot feel sorry for ourselves for too long. It’s a home game (against Newcastle) and hopefully it will be a different result.
We need to get on a run, before this we were on a 12-game unbeaten run. We have to get over this disappointment now.”
The 40-year-old added that despite the disappointment of trailing league leaders Arsenal by 12 points after the loss, they could take advantage of a hectic December.
“We’ll get a better idea in the New Year, and hopefully we can start picking up points again,” he added. “We’ve had a few disappointing results, but the performances have not been that bad.
We’re just not getting the rub of the green, or taking our chances when we should. If you don’t do that, you are going to get punished like we did against Everton.”
Wednesday night was particularly traumatic for United’s manager Moyes as he endured taunts from supporters of his former club.
However, he chose to brush off the abuse.
“It is not important. Everton supporters supported their team well,” he said. “It (defeat) doesn’t hurt more being Everton. I know they are a very good team with very good players.
You would imagine it is a sore one when it is your old team, so that is the way it is. We have got a long way to go.
We will need to play some great football and win an awful lot of games in the run-in if we are going to be in there and around it at the end of the season,” he added.
Asked if he believed United were capable of that, he replied: “Yes. I’ve got nothing to suggest anything else.”