Manchester United went top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.
The champions’ victory, coupled with Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat at Wigan, meant they overtook Carlo Ancelotti’s side on goal difference.
Second-half goals from Dimitar Berbatov and John O’Shea secured the points, but it was the introduction from the bench of Ryan Giggs that proved decisive.
The veteran midfielder unlocked a previously solid Stoke defence, setting up both goals and proving his enduring ability.
Sir Alex Ferguson kept faith with under-fire keeper Ben Foster, but the England man could hardly have had an easier time against his former club.