MANCHESTER // Ryan Giggs says Manchester United will not get complacent in the Premier League title race. After pocketing the Carling Cup at Wembley on Sunday, United are back on league duty at Newcastle tonight. Although Sir Alex Ferguson has previously claimed the trip to St James' Park was his side's priority for the week, Liverpool's defeat at Middlesbrough on Saturday might have changed the picture.
With a seven-point lead, before last night's games, over Chelsea who are now their closest challengers, and a game in hand, United appear to be in an impregnable position. But Giggs, a veteran of 10 championship-winning campaigns, knows the danger that lies in thinking the trophy is secure. "We are not getting complacent," he said. "We have lost leads before and also won titles when we have come from behind. It is going to be hard because we have so many tough games coming up.
"If this club loses one game it is a disaster so we just have to maintain our current momentum." Giggs' experience will be crucial in guiding United safely to the finishing line. It is 18 years since the veteran Welshman made his debut against Everton, since when he has become the most decorated player in English football history. The winner's medal Giggs picked up on Sunday was his 29th, an incredible achievement that may only be properly recognised long after Giggs, 35, has retired.
"It doesn't feel like 18 years," he said. "The time has gone quickly and I have been fortunate to play with so many great players and in so many great teams. "But I don't really look back, I will have plenty of time to do that when I have finished." Talk is rife of a possible quintuple, with the FA Cup and Champions League also still up for grabs. The prospect of more silverware is driving Giggs and his teammates on, their incredible hunger for trophies only increasing with each success - just as it did in 1999.
"The momentum was with us in the Treble year," Giggs said. "We played well and had a lot of luck and kept winning. And when you are winning you can't wait for the next game." * PA Sport