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Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 October, 2004, 21:33 GMT 22:33 UK
Giggs on Manchester mission
Ryan Giggs
World Cup qualifying Group 6 |
9 Oct 1500 BST | Old Trafford |
Live on BBC1; Radio Five Live, Wales and Cymru; BBC website
Wales may be away to England on Saturday in their Group Six World Cup qualifier, but a trip to Old Trafford holds little fear for Ryan Giggs.

Giggs is playing at his home club ground against friends and Manchester United team-mates past and present.

He not only wants three points, but also "to be able to walk back into our training ground with my head high".

The 30-year-old winger revealed the banter between himself and the England contingent started weeks ago.

United have Gary and Phil Neville, Rio Ferdinand, Alan Smith and Wayne Rooney in the England squad for Saturday's showdown, plus Giggs' former team-mates Nicky Butt and David Beckham.

"I have been going past Gary in training and saying 'get used to it'," Giggs said.

"It is great for me to be playing against the United lads as well as the likes of Nicky Butt, who I am very close to, and David Beckham.

"There are so many team-mates and former team-mates it will be strange for me at Old Trafford, but a match I really intend to enjoy."

Giggs revealed that he is far from one man suffering alone under an English verbal barrage, with the other nationalities at Old Trafford falling in to support the Welsh.

Ryan Giggs and his Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson
As for our manager, let's just say a Wales win will be a very popular result
Ryan Giggs

"There has been banter with the English lads at United, that's to be expected, but there has been a lot too from the lads from other countries who are all rooting for Wales to win.

"And as for our manager (Scotsman Sir Alex Ferguson), let's just say a Wales win will be a very popular result!"

Giggs missed Wales' first two disappointing draws in their qualifying group through suspension.

Although he accepts that England are "massive favourites", Giggs believes he can be part of a major upset when the nations clash for the first time in 20 years.

"I am not used to failure," Giggs said. "I have been fortunate to have so much success at club level, but at international level it has not been the same.

"Hopefully we can do that now and that means starting with a result on Saturday.

"We have always felt over the last 10 years or so when I have been playing, that had we come up against England we would have fancied our chances.

"We have certainly had the quality of players to do that and that is still the case.

"We have set ourselves a standard and we know what we can achieve as a team, we must now play up to those standards.

"When we play and win like we did against Italy it means we know we can do it, you have to keep that thought in your mind as a benchmark.

"We know we are capable of winning, we have players who can hurt them - there is no bigger game for us than playing England."

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