Champions League: Ryan Giggs savours Manchester United's victory at Bayer Leverkusen

Ryan Giggs: Thrilled to help Manchester United reach the last 16

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Ryan Giggs expressed his pleasure after Manchester United thrashed Bayer Leverkusen 5-0 to qualify for the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.

Giggs, who will turn 40 on Friday, turned in a fine performance to help United claim their biggest away win in the Champions League.

Antonio Valencia broke the deadlock and an Emir Spahic own goal quickly made it 2-0, before Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Nani struck after half-time.

"I think our speed (was the difference)," Giggs told Sky Sports 2 after a masterful display in central midfield.

"The first goal was a good example; quick play. It was a pleasure to play behind our front four."

United cut Leverkusen apart

While he was delighted to seal a place in the knockout stages, Giggs felt United could even have won by a wider margin.

"We could have scored more," he said.

"But we can't be too greedy. To score five anywhere in Europe is a great result.

"Going into a game knowing a win puts us through is a carrot and the five goals and a clean sheet is a bonus.

"It was a pleasure."