Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has revealed that the current rivalry with noisy neighbours Manchester City is the same that was once shared with Arsenal back at the turn of the century.
Sunday’s Manchester derby was both fiery on and off the pitch with clashes between players and fans, meetings between Arsenal and United used to be the same when both clubs were battling for the Premier League title.
Many remember the confrontation between Roy Keane and Patrick Viera, a fantastic spicy relation they both shared.
Yesterday Ryan Giggs sat down with the manutd.com team to record Red Voices which is the clubs official podcast, Giggs mentions that he cannot help but compare recent meetings with Manchester City to those against Arsenal in the past.
“We had so many battles with Arsenal that were skilful games, but also physically tough, and I felt the game was like that on Sunday, it is two very good teams with the added spice that it’s a local derby. Over the last three years, each Manchester derby has intensified. The build-up is longer, people start talking about it earlier and the feeling when you win is even better.
“It was two quality sides, both in good form and going head to head at the top of the league. We took the first half and then City came back into life like we expected, but I thought we still looked dangerous and had goals in us during the second half. At 2-2, with City coming back into it, most people would’ve settled for a draw, but we score late goals so often and there is no better feeling, especially in such a big game.”
Listen to the rest of the podcast on the official website by clicking here.