Giggs eyeing starting berth against Real Madrid after recent fine form

The veteran midfielder scored in a fine performance against QPR on Saturday, and hopes that standout display will force him into contention for the return leg next week

Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs believes his recent goalscoring displays have given Sir Alex Ferguson a tough decision to make ahead of the Champions League clash against Real Madrid.

The 39-year-old made his 999th appearance in a United shirt away to QPR on Saturday, and capped a fine individual performance with his second league goal of the campaign.

Giggs came on for the final 26 minutes of the first-leg 1-1 draw at Bernabeu two weeks ago, but has hinted at his desire to start the all-important return tie next Tuesday.

“It is a headache for the manager but a good one,” Giggs told reporters. “We are not looking too far ahead and we are not getting too excited.”

On the game as a whole, Giggs believes squad rotation ahead of, and for, the tie is crucial to keep the team’s momentum intact.

He continued: “We are in good form and the manager has a big squad to choose from, which allows him to chop and change and that is all you can ask for at this stage.”

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