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Giggs: United Don't Need Signings

Ryan Giggs is the latest man from Manchester to downplay United’s lack of movement in the transfer window.

The English champions have been scratching names off their transfer wishlist one by one, and are running out of time to add firepower to their squad ahead of the defence of their title.

But speaking after he helped United win the Charity Shield in his 21st visit to Wembley on Sunday, 39-year-old Giggs insisted the club will be fine, new signings or not.

"The quality is in the squad," Giggs said, according to Sky Sports.

"We showed that last year. Now we have to show it again.

"It has been a slow transfer window. Manchester City did their business early on but, other than that, there has not been a lot of movement so it could be a hectic last two weeks.

"We will just have to wait and see how it goes but we are quite happy with the players in our dressing room. We won the league with those players. If we sign someone - great. If not we will just get on with it."

For the first time in ages, United will not start the season as Premier League favourites, mainly because Alex Ferguson is gone, as well as because of Wayne Rooney’s agitation, and the lack of quality new additions.

Furthermore, with league games against Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City to contend with in the first month of the new season, Giggs accepts that his optimism must be measured with an equal dose of pragmatism.

"You can't win every year, but we want to compete and give ourselves the best chance,” he said.

“That's what we've done over the years. We're the champions, we know how hard it is to defend it and we'll do our best."

Meanwhile, United have been dealt a blow after first-choice right-back, Rafael, was injured during their weekend win over Wigan.

“[It is] a hamstring, I could be out four, five weeks,” the Brazilian told The Guardian after limping out of Wembley.

If he is to miss a month of action, Rafael will have to watch from the sidelines as United face Chelsea and Liverpool in two testing early season ties.

Is United's team of champions good enough to win the league again, even without quality new additions? Tell us below.

 

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