With the prospect of tomorrow’s Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich being Ryan Giggs’ last European match in front of the Old Trafford fateful, the Manchester United legend sat down to discuss topics ranging from retirement to the Red Devils being branded ‘underdogs’.
As to his future as a player, Giggs explained that it was an issue he wouldn’t address until after the season. When reporters then followed up by asking if the 40-year-old has aspirations to ever manage Manchester United, the AP’s Rob Harris claims that club representatives blocked Giggs from answering.
Recalling United’s dramatic 2-1 triumph over Bayern in the 1999 Champions League final, Giggs said he expects Tuesday’s match to be a great spectacle:
“Obviously the players are different but the tradition and the clubs are still the same. Two huge clubs, two great histories and two football teams that play football the correct way. When Bayern play Man United it is always a great spectacle whether it be in the Champions League final or whether it be in the quarter-finals.”
When asked about United’s chances to win, Giggs responded confidently:
“Obviously Bayern are a fantastic team. They are the holders and are obviously a very strong team and probably favourites in most people’s eyes. But we are Manchester United, it is at Old Trafford and we have seen so many great nights in Europe especially. As players we don’t see ourselves as underdogs we see ourselves as Man Utd playing at home in the Champions League and we can’t wait.”
United and Bayern kick-off the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final Tuesday at 2:45 pm ET.