23/12/2008 08:55, Report by Gemma Thompson

O'Shea wants festive cheer

John O'Shea is hopeful the Reds will have got over the effects of jet-lag come Friday lunchtime when they take on Stoke City.

The world champions touched down in Manchester on Monday evening following their eight-day stay in Japan for the Club World Cup.

Despite having difficulties in acclimatising to the Far East, O'Shea feels the Reds have a better chance of re-adjusting their body clocks on home soil.

"I'm sure we'll get back into the swing of things pretty quickly," he told

"Our coaches have planned it so we hopefully feel less of the jet-lag when we get back to England. And Ji-sung Park has told us it's not as bad on the way back.

"So fingers crossed that's the case because it affected quite a few of the lads when we got to Japan."

The opening month of 2009 will be a busy one for O'Shea and co., but the challenges that lie ahead are something the squad are relishing.

"January is going to be a big month for us, but we're all looking forward to it," added O'Shea. "The FA Cup starts and we've got the Carling Cup semi-final to think about, but it's very important that we put a winning run together in the league.

"We've got a couple of games to catch up on and I think it's a good opportunity for us to show we're determined to keep hold of our the title."


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