Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs has admitted it is “strange” to be celebrating finishing fourth in the Premier League this season.
As a player, Giggs won numerous domestic and European honours with Man United during one of the club’s most successful ever periods.
However, the large majority of fans were just relieved to qualify for the Champions League this time around following the disastrous reign of David Moyes last term.
Giggs was happy to qualify for Europe’s elite competition but insisted that United will be looking for much more next season.
Speaking at the club’s end-of-season awards, Giggs said: “It feels a bit strange when you’ve been at this club for such a long time during such a successful period to be celebrating a Champions League spot.
“But, if we’re honest, that’s what we set out to achieve at the beginning of the season and going from seventh to getting in a Champions League place is great. But next year we want to kick on and be competing for trophies.”
A club of United’s stature should consistently be challenging for trophies and there is no-one who understands that more than Giggs.
Along with the likes of Paul Scholes, Sir Alex Ferguson and Gary Neville, Giggs contributed to a long and sustained period of success on the way to becoming a United legend. Thankfully, he and Louis van Gaal look to be pointing the team in the right direction when it comes to getting United back to where they belong.