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Manchester United beat Stoke 2-0

Manchester United ominously moved top of the Premier League table thanks to a 2-0 win over Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium but had to wait until the introduction of Ryan Giggs in the second half before they finally broke down The Cottagers' resolute defence.

The 35-year-old midfielder had an instant impact setting up goals for Dimitar Berbatov and John O'Shea following over 60-minutes of football in which United had struggled to convert their wealth of possession into chances.

Giggs was instrumental in United's opener collecting a Darren Fletcher through ball before squaring to Berbatov who was left with a simple tap in. John O'Shea headed home from a Giggs' corner on 77-minutes to make sure of the points and underline the Welsh winger's value to last year's champions.

Sir Alex Ferguson hailed Giggs' performance: "Ryan made the goals, I felt his intelligence would bother them on that side of the pitch. We showed fantastic composure in possession, because this isn't an easy place to come, but we didn't create enough before the goal came. Ryan is important, his movement was marvellous for the first goal."

With Chelsea slipping up against Wigan, United found themselves sitting pretty at the top of the table with Giggs to thank for their lofty standing.

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