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Giggs seeking quick response

April 12, 2012

Ryan Giggs has urged his Manchester United team-mates not to beat themselves up over the shock defeat at Wigan.

Ryan Giggs, Phil Jones
PA PhotosRyan Giggs was unhappy that Manchester United were not awarded a penalty at Wigan

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A 1-0 defeat on Wednesday enabled Manchester City to reduce United's lead at the top of the Premier League to five points with five games remaining and with a derby at Eastlands still to come.

However, this is where Giggs intends United's extra experience to show and, just like after defeats to City and Basel, the veteran wants the response this time around to be a positive one.

"We don't have to get too down," he said. "It has happened quite a bit this season where there has been the odd display where we just haven't performed. The main thing is that we have recovered from it. That is what we have to do again."

United's task is made slightly easier by the fact their next two opponents - Aston Villa and Everton - must both be faced at Old Trafford, where they have terrible records.

"It is important that we get six points from the next two games," Giggs said. "We are at Old Trafford, we are at home. We will be looking to win both games and put the pressure on.

"We have had poor performances throughout the season and results but we have always bounced back."

There was plenty of controversy about Wigan, though both teams suffered. Victor Moses had a perfectly good goal ruled out, Shaun Maloney's superb matchwinner came from a corner that should have been a goal-kick, while Giggs was close enough to Phil Jones' cross being blocked by Maynor Figueroa to know that a major injustice was done to United when the penalty award was not forthcoming.

"I had a great view of the handball," Giggs said. "It was blatant. I asked the linesman but he said he didn't see it.

"You get some - and sometimes you don't. But if they even themselves out, we are probably owed a decision because we have had a couple go against us, with Newcastle and now this."

Yet, Giggs also conceded that "you make your own luck", and the onus will be on United to do just that on Sunday, by which time their lead might be cut to two points as City have a Saturday lunchtime date with Norwich at Carrow Road, knowing improvement must be swift and widespread.

"We didn't perform," Giggs said. "Our normal passing game wasn't as fluent and we kept giving the ball away. You have to give credit to Wigan. They put us under a lot of pressure, and we only had one or two shots on goal, which is also disappointing. We will have to look at the game, work on it and get ready for Sunday."