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Ryan Giggs has backed Sir Alex Ferguson in his lengthy pursuit of Owen Hargreaves, insisting the England midfielder would ensure Manchester United are 'really strong'.

Ferguson attempted to prise Hargreaves from Bayern Munich in the summer transfer window after his impressive displays at the World Cup, but the German champions were steadfast in their refusal to sell.

A broken leg sustained in the opening weeks of the Bundesliga season led Hargreaves to focus on his recovery, but with the winter transfer window just weeks away, the Bayern star has again made no secret of his desire to move to Old Trafford.

Ferguson is expected to reignite his interest in the tenacious midfielder come January, and Giggs is convinced that the addition of Hargreaves would further strengthen United as they aim to hold off a strong title challenge from Chelsea.

"He is a player who would improve us. You want strength in depth and we would be really strong with him," Giggs told The Sun.

"Hargreaves is a quality player and showed that in the summer (at the World Cup)."

Giggs also has his sights set on moving clear of Alan Hansen and Phil Neal in the record books by claiming a historic ninth league winners' medal this season.

United currently top the Premiership by five points ahead of Chelsea, and victory this season could be Giggs' sweetest yet in the face of The Blues' unrivalled spending power.

"Neal and Hansen were involved with the great Liverpool sides and it would be nice to have that record to look back on - a record difficult to beat," Giggs added.

"But the fact that does motivate me now is the fact we haven't won the Premiership for three years, that drives me on.

"And it'll be a great achievement because of what Chelsea have, the ability to buy whoever they want."
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