Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs says criticism earlier this season didn't hurt the players.

United appeared in crisis after their derby drubbing, but are now level on points with leaders Manchester City.

"You're always going to get criticism here," said Giggs.

"If you're not top of the league there's something wrong and if you get knocked out of competitions you're always going to get criticised," he continued.

"That's something you just have to get used to. You can't sulk or moan about it."