Ryan Giggs has taunted title rivals Chelsea and Liverpool for not making the most of our time away in Tokyo. United were supposed to return exhausted but instead have come back and got straight in to winning ways. We’re now top of the table, despite playing a game less than the two clubs.

Liverpool dropped more points yesterday, meaning they haven’t won a single match since Rafael Benitez’s press conference slating Sir Alex Ferguson.

“We had to go to Tokyo but no one really capitalised on us being away,” said Giggs. “It has turned around quicker than we expected.”

With United still in all four competitions, the final of the League Cup approaching, Giggs recognises that the toughest part of the season might still be yet to come.

“The testing time will maybe come with the last stages of the Champions League and the FA Cup, along with important league games.”