Ryan Giggs hails Manchester United’s new generation

Ryan Giggs hails Manchester United's youngsters, and praises the club's supporters for being patient during a difficult season

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Phil Jones impressed in his first season with Manchester United Photo: Nasmac, via Flickr

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Ryan Giggs heaped praise on Manchester United’s new generation despite the Red Devils missing out on the Premier League title on the final day of the season.

The 38-year-old broke into Sir Alex Ferguson’s side in 1991, before going on to win PFA Young Player of the Year in successive campaigns after an impressive introduction to England’s top flight.

Giggs, who surpassed 900 appearances for the Red Devils this season, hailed United’s youngsters, with Phil Jones and Chris Smalling starring in defence in the absence of captain Nemanja Vidić.

“It’s been great for the more established players to see the young players come through and do so well,” Giggs told United’s website.

“I know from myself as a young player who came through how tough it can be sometimes. When everything’s going well for the team, it’s all great and everything’s rosy. Then you hit a bit of bad form and it’s more difficult for a younger player because you haven’t got a platform to fall back upon.

“[That said] I was really impressed with the consistency of all the young players and the new signings who came in last season.”

United missed out on a 20th top flight title after Manchester City completed a dramatic 3-2 victory over Queens Park Rangers, winning the Premier League crown on goal difference ahead of their derby rivals.

But the former Wales international praised United’s fans for staying supportive throughout a difficult season, which saw Ferguson blood young talent with one eye on the Old Trafford outfit’s future.

“The fans were great,” Giggs added. “They supported us all the way through the season. We appreciated the support they gave, especially to the young players who came through.

“The fans recognise the young players are still trying to find their way and find their feet at the club. The fans supported the young players really well.

“The support of the fans is always important – when we’re playing at Old Trafford, they can almost suck the ball into the net. They’ll obviously be keen for us to do well next season.”

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