Giggs eager to play
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ryan Giggs is desperate to get a run-out in Man Utd's trip to Debrecen.Ryan Giggs is desperate to get a run-out in Manchester United's trip to Debrecen.
The Welsh winger has been a frustrated spectator so far this season, as a chest infection has forced him out of contention.
Giggs has had to watch new signing Park Ji-sung impress on the left wing while Cristiano Ronaldo still shows flashes of brilliance when involved.
Giggs is now desperate to taste competitive action as United travel to Budapest in their UEFA Champions League third round qualifier with a 3-0 cushion.
"Hopefully, I will be involved in some capacity," Giggs told MUTV.
"I haven't had the best of times because after doing all the pre-season work, and playing in four or five games, I then spent ten days in bed ill.
"Thankfully, I have started training again now, but I need to start playing games and getting involved again."
31-year-old Giggs knows he faces a stiff task getting a regular place in Sir Alex Ferguson's side, but believes the competition is healthy for the squad.
"It is only healthy for the club as a whole that we have so many players fighting for places.
"If you are not doing your job, someone else can come in and do it instead.
"It is not about 12 or 13 players anymore, it is about 18 or 20. There are lots of games to play so we are going to need everyone fit and sharp."
Another player hoping for extended playing time is John O'Shea, who is due to pen a new four-year deal at Old Trafford.
The Irish stopper was linked with moves to Newcastle United and Celtic during the summer but he insists he never wanted to leave The Red Devils.
"I never wanted to go anywhere," said O'Shea.
"I couldn't do anything about the speculation really. I suppose I could have come out and said something but I couldn't see the point because I knew I wanted to stay.
"Thankfully, everything has been agreed now, it is just a question of signing it all up."
Ferguson's men have maximum points from their opening two games but the manager has not ruled out making late additions before the close of the transfer window.
"We are thinking about it," said Ferguson.
"There is nothing to say at this moment in time but we are looking at the situation."