United facing a test of character: Ryan Giggs

Jan 11, 2014, 05:06 IST | AFP

Manchester United great Ryan Giggs has admitted the under pressure Premier League champions are facing a “test of character” after a run of poor results.

Giggs sees no reason why the club cannot turn round their fortunes under David Moyes just as they did on several occasions during Alex Ferguson’s time in charge. However, United are currently on a run of three straight defeats and another loss to Swansea — who knocked them out of the FA Cup on Saturday — would represent their worst run since 1981 when they lost eight games out of 10.

Ryan Giggs

“It is a test of character but I am fully confident we will come through it and we will be okay,” Giggs said. “I have said many times over the years, the defeats and losses generate a bigger feeling than winning things. It sticks with you a lot longer. You have to react and you have to try and do something about it,” he added.

“It hurts. There are players at this club who only know winning. It is important for the older players, who have been through these sticky patches before to help the younger ones,” the Welshman insisted. “That is what we have done in the past and that is what we will try and do at the weekend,” he said. “There are good players in the dressing room who probably haven’t been playing to the best of our ability, both individually and as a team. If we do that, we win more matches than we lose,” explained Giggs.

Meanwhile, Moyes was charged with misconduct by the FA after criticising match officials after his side’s defeat by Sunderland.

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