Ryan Giggs couldn't help grinning after grabbing three goals in the Reds' closing Asia Tour match and no wonder... "I've never scored a hat-trick for United so it was a first."
The Welshman's triple helped his team to beat Hangzhou Greentown 8-2 and thrilled the local fans who were excited just to see him come on as a substitute for the final thirty minutes.
"I think when the lads arrived here, both at the airport and the hotel, the support was just unbelievable," reflected Ryan on MUTV.
"It was great to put on a show for them. There were some good goals tonight. In fact, we’ve scored a few goals on this tour, hopefully that can continue in pre-season and into the new season. Scoring goals gives you confidence… it’s certainly given me some!"
While Ryan showed some wonderful awareness and ability on the ball to register his hat-trick, he picked out Michael Owen's second goal - United's fourth - as the best of the bunch.
"It was great skill from Berba for Michael’s second goal. When Berba’s on the ball, you know when to run because you know that he’s going to give it to you. So that’s what MO (Michael Owen) did and it was nice to see it go in.
"Michael has just proven on this tour what we all knew anyway, that he’s a goalscorer. He scores all types of goals – headers, finishes inside the six-yard box, volleys like tonight’s – he’s done really well so far."
Even though United have won all four pre-season matches so far, scoring 19 goals in the process, Giggs knows there is still plenty of hard work ahead before the league campaign kicks off on 16 August.
"Boca Juniors are up next," said Ryan, looking ahead to the midweek Audi Cup in Munich.
"We’ve played Boca before and we know what they’re all about. They don’t