Sir Alex Ferguson has today reflected on the difficult games we’ve had this season and the impact they’ve made.

Our trip away to Japan was going to make or break our season, with us having to fit in a couple more matches as well as a long journey in the middle of our Premiership campaign.

We’ve won every game since returning though, with our away trips to Stoke and West Ham singled out by our manager as the trickiest.

“We went to Stoke and it was a lively pitch and we had just got back from Japan. But we scraped a result because we never gave in,” said Ferguson. “We ended up with Ryan Giggs at left back because we wanted to win the match. It was an important marker to lay down after coming back from Japan. We needed to win that game. Once we won that we have just gone on. Then I looked upon the West Ham match as our hardest away game in the run in. They had been playing their best football of the season and it is a tough place to go to. We had to play them at a great moment for them in terms of confidence and form so it was always going to be a big task for us. But the players delivered. We didn’t lose our composure or nerve to play. The players know how to handle pressure.”