Updated: Sunday, 17th February 2019 @ 6:14am

No sympathy: Ryan Giggs 'shocked' at Nigel Adkins' sacking but confident Manchester United will still shine

No sympathy: Ryan Giggs 'shocked' at Nigel Adkins' sacking but confident Manchester United will still shine

By Alex Bysouth

Old Trafford legend Ryan Giggs admits he was shocked by Nigel Adkins’ sacking – but insists Manchester United will not sympathise with Southampton in tonight’s clash.

The Saints face United in the Premier League with new boss Mauricio Pochettino at the helm after Adkins’ acrimonious dismissal a fortnight ago.

United needed a Robin van Persie hat-trick to take all three points at St Mary’s earlier this season and Giggs expects a similarly tough test tonight.

“I think everyone was shocked when Nigel Adkins went,” Giggs told the club website.

“But ultimately players have got a job to do and the new manager will put his ideas across and players will just get on with it.

“Southampton have been in decent form and on a good run, it’ll be another tough game for us.

“They gave us a good game earlier in the season so we’ll need to play well.”

Giggs has put together a string of excellent performances and, even with his packed trophy cabinet, the 39-year-old believes confidence is key to his form.

“Every game at this time is tough but there are no easy games in this league,” he explained.

“You’ve got to perform well in every match and you want to do that for your own satisfaction and for your own form.

“You want to play well because it gives you confidence going into the next game.”

The Welsh wing wizard was part of the Red Devils’ 1999 treble-winning side and is eager for a repeat with Sir Alex Ferguson’s current crop.

“Challenging on all fronts is what you want, especially given the strength and depth we’ve got in the squad,” said Giggs.

“We want to be fighting on all fronts and involved in all the competitions and doing the best we can.

“I think there is more to come from us, obviously we’re happy with where we are in the league and in the FA Cup and Champions League but there is always room to improve.”

Picture courtesy of Gordon Flood, with thanks

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