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United's Lows Have Bigger Impact Than Highs, Says Giggs

posted 10 Jan 2014, 09:58 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 10 Jan 2014, 09:59 ]

 SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND, UK (JANUARY 7, 2014) (ITN) -  Ryan Giggs has made collecting silverware a habit during his magnificent Manchester United career but the rare lean times have had a greater impact, according to the veteran Welshman.

Champions United have begun 2014 with three consecutive defeats and according to the 40-year-old, it hurts.

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"Over the years the defeats and losses hurt more, it's a bigger feeling than winning things, it stays with you a lot longer and you have to react and you have to do something about it," Giggs said on Tuesday (January 7).

United have not lost three successive matches since 2001 and new manager David Moyes finds himself under intense scrutiny, not least from former manager Alex Ferguson who was in the stands on when they lost 2-1 to bottom club Sunderland in the first leg of the Capital One (League) Cup semi-final, on Tuesday.

Despite the current malaise, however, Giggs said there is no sense of panic in the ranks, although it was up to himself and other multiple title winners like Michael Carrick and Rio Ferdinand to steady the ship.

"I think there's a lot of players who've come into the team, or come into the club, that have only known winning. Yes it's a test of character but I'm fully confident that we'll come through it and we'll be okay," said Giggs, who scored an own goal for the first time in his career at Sunderland.

"We're thinking about doing what we did six weeks ago, going on a run of six wins and that's what we'll need to do if we are to climb back up the table. We need to start winning and winning fast obviously."

United, down in seventh in the league, 11 points behind leaders Arsenal, host Swansea City on Saturday, six days after the Welsh club won at Old Trafford for the first time in their history, a shock 2-1 success in the FA Cup.