Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Veteran Sure of More Silver in Red Devils' Cabinet

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Veteran Sure of More Silver in Red Devils' Cabinet

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RYAN Giggs insists he can see the twinkling of silverware in the Manchester United dressing room.

The Red Devils have endured a difficult start to the season, failing to win away from Old Trafford in four attempts so far to fall five points adrift of champions Chelsea.

For the first time in two decades at such an advanced stage, United are even lagging behind neighbours Manchester City, while Wayne Rooney's name is again in the headlines following his rejection of Sir Alex Ferguson's claim that he has been suffering from an ankle injury, hence his omission for the club's starting line-up for the last two games.

It is hardly the most positive backdrop to the start of a nine-games-in-29 day spell that will do much to shape their season.

Yet Giggs has seen too many ups and downs on the United roller coaster during his two decades at the club to get sidetracked from the main aims.

And the veteran Welshman is confident the season will end with more glory for Ferguson and his men.

"I see trophies in this team," he said. "The manager has had a lot of problems this season picking the team because a lot of the players have been fit. "Look at the quality of those who are not even getting on the bench. It is not very nice for those lads but it is great for the club and the team.

"We know we will get injuries and suspensions but it looks like we can cope. Last season we didn't. In that respect, we are a lot stronger."

The extra day created by Fifa's decision to play internationals on a Tuesday should benefit Ferguson when he comes to select his team to face in-form West Brom, who have already recorded one shock at Arsenal this month, at Old Trafford tomorrow.

Giggs is hoping to return after a minor hamstring injury as United attempt to maintain their 100% record on home soil.

Yet the issues surrounding Rooney will not go away, not least because the forward made a point of choosing to speak with the media to address his own fitness, which he insists is fine no matter what evidence Ferguson presents to the contrary. …

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