Manchester United‘s shock defeat at Wigan has prompted Ryan Giggs to issue a rallying cry to his Old Trafford team-mates, urging them to not blow their big chance of a 20th top-flight title.
United were left stunned by Shaun Maloney’s 50th minute winner at the DW Stadium which – allied with City’s 4-0 drubbing of West Bromwich – has pushed the door ajar on the Barclays Premier League race once again.
Roberto Mancini claims his team – who now trail the leaders by just five points – have blown their chances, but Giggs is warning his fellow United stars they must build another unbeaten run, starting with the weekend clash against Aston Villa.
‘We didn’t perform,’ he told MUTV. ‘For a start, our normal passing game wasn’t as fluent and we kept giving the ball away.
‘Obviously, you’ve got to give credit to Wigan – they put us under a lot of pressure, especially early on and credit to them as well.
‘They worked hard but that’s something we come up against quite a bit (being closed down) so it’s not an excuse not to be able to handle that.
‘We just didn’t keep the ball like Manchester United usually do. I think we only had one or two shots on goal and that’s also disappointing so we have to look at the game and work on it and get ready for Sunday.’
It was United’s first defeat since January, ended an eight-match winning streak and failed to beat Wigan for the first time in 15 meetings.
And with Manchester City winning, their lead at the top of the Premier League was cut to five points with five games remaining.
‘A couple of months ago City were something like five to one on and we were well behind them in terms of goal difference and points,” said Ferguson.
‘We have to take some credit that we have got ourselves back into the race.
‘But Wigan were the better team. They are very underrated and we were completely dominated in the first half. We were second to every ball and only had one shot at goal.
It was one of these off nights you get. We have been on a great run and it has put us in a position where we can win the league, so we have to get over the disappointment of tonight.’