Man City match the most important, admits Man Utd icon Giggs

Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs has been speaking to Sky Sports about the upcoming Manchester derby and its growing significance to the final Premier League rankings.

Those two games were probably the difference so hopefully we can get the result and that will be the difference at the end of the season,” Giggs said. “If we had drawn the game [at City] we would have won the league.

The two Manchester clubs, City and United, finished level on points last season but City’s superior goal difference – plus eight – saw them ultimately run out as champions as they secured a last gasp, last day victory against Queens Park Rangers.

Manchester City took the city bragging rights in the head to head encounters as well as they won both games last season, including a 6-1 victory away at Old Trafford. The score line matched their best away victory at the home of their rivals – matching the result of a fixture in 1923.

In the league United have won 58 derbies to City’s 39, with 49 meetings ending level. Manchester United have won the league 19 times but Ryan Giggs admits that their neighbours are getting more dangerous and the derbies are becoming more intense.

Over the last few years, City – the money they have spent and the quality they have brought in – it has got bigger and bigger. Derbies are always big but with them winning the league now and the quality they have, it is a huge game, and a massive build-up beforehand, Giggs added.

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