Ryan Giggs believes Manchester United are well placed to win the Premier League as the title holders look to finish 2011 at the top of the table. The record 19-times champions of England will replace Manchester City at the summit if they mark manager Sir Alex Ferguson's 70th birthday by avoiding defeat against struggling Blackburn Rovers at Old Trafford today.
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United have been chasing City -- who now lead on goal difference alone and travel to Sunderland on New Year's Day -- most of the season but will receive a huge psychological lift going into 2012 if they leapfrog their big-spending neighbours.
Giggs is confident United's experience and ability to stay strong during the second half of the season will serve them in good stead. "Obviously City have got off to a better start, but we're pleased with where we are in the table and especially the form at the moment," said Giggs.
"The experience that the manager, the players and the coaching staff have of what's required in the second half of the season, as well as the overall hunger and desire to win competitions, will help us. Big players can't wait for big games and towards the end of the season the games just get bigger and bigger," added Giggs.
"For me personally, you want that in the run-in -- you want to be involved in big games and going for the title."
Since being eliminated from the Champions League earlier this month, United have won all their subsequent four league games -- scoring 16 goals and conceding just one. They are unbeaten in their last nine top-flight outings -- winning eight -- while two of United's next three league games are against teams in the relegation zone.