Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs believes the attacking partnership between Shinji Kagawa and Robin van Persie could take his side to the next level in Europe.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s men were one of the major casualties of the group stages of last season’s Champions League, crashing out of what sport updates and predictions suggested was a fairly straightforward pool, before being destroyed over two legs by a rampant Athletic Bilbao side in the Europa League.
This prompted the veteran boss to try and add an extra dimension to his side and the introduction of Kagawa has even seen him change from his trusty 4-4-2 formation into a more fluid, continental set-up.
This means it’s more than likely that he’ll persist with playing just on up front and in former Arsenal skipper Van Persie, he has possibly the best target man in the world at his disposal.
United open their European account for the new season against Turkish side Galatasary on Wednesday and will also face Portuguese side Braga and CFR Cluj of Romania in the opening stages.
Giggs admits that the Red Devils were embarrassed by their shortcomings last season but believes their new star duo have the ability to take them back to the levels that previously saw them reach three Champions League finals out of four.
"Robin has the experience of playing in Europe with Arsenal," Giggs told a latest sport news network.
"The goals he has got will hopefully give us that extra edge this season.
"Shinji is that kind of player who will thrive in Europe, where possession is key. He keeps the ball and gets into positions where he is hard to pick up.
"I am sure they will both be very good additions in Europe for us," he added.