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Whittaker: Deserved win at Man City

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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Aug 11, 2007

Giggs hails squad depth as Tevez arrives

Ryan Giggs is convinced Carlos Tevez's arrival at Manchester United can provide the Red Devils with enough attacking options to compete on all fronts this season. Although United ended a four-year drought by clinching the Premier League last term, a repeat of their 1999 Champions League triumph ended in crushing disappointment as an exhausted side were badly beaten in the semi-final second leg against AC Milan. Sir Alex Ferguson is in no doubt the loss was due to his inability to rest players at important stages of the campaign as injuries effectively reduced his squad to just 13 men during April. Now, with Tevez joining Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, Louis Saha, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Giggs himself in a mouth-watering array of attacking talent, the veteran Welshman feels United are strong enough to overcome any fitness problems. 'The different options we have up front are great,' he said. 'It is going to be a tough season with the Champions League and Premier League to go for. 'But, if everyone is fit, the manager now has the luxury of keeping his options open. It means he will be able to keep everyone fresh and ensure everyone is on their toes. 'Carlos has looked good in training. He is a quality player and a great addition to the squad.' Ferguson is expected to resist the temptation to draft Tevez into his starting line-up to face Reading tomorrow, preferring instead to keep the 23-year-old, who has signed on loan for two seasons, back for next weekend's Manchester derby at Eastlands. United have a midweek trip to Portsmouth in between, part of a packed start to the season which Ferguson feels United must cash in on if they are to retain their championship crown. 'A good start is imperative,' said Ferguson. 'If you are setting yourself a target of 90 points to win the league, which is what it has been over the last few seasons, you have to get off to a good start and then be consistent throughout the season.' Having been at the top of the managerial game - first with Aberdeen, not at United - for the best part of three decades, Ferguson has never been short of motivation. His enthusiasm for the current campaign is as strong as ever and facing the luxury of leaving Nani, plus fellow new arrivals Anderson and Owen Hargreaves on the bench this weekend, it is little wonder Ferguson is confident of yet more success this term. Another title would be his 10th in England, an incredible record in itself. But Ferguson points to Giggs, who could complete exactly the same landmark as a player, as the real high achiever. 'It would be fantastic to win 10 titles,' said Ferguson. 'The challenge is more for the players than it is for me. Ryan has a wonderful opportunity in front of him because I cannot imagine that would ever be done again.'