nonetheless we had to find a way through it and we kept our composure. We weren't over-anxious about the game - we kept playing the ball, passing it around.
"We didn't make a lot of chances, but we've done that at Stoke over the last six years and made very few chances but usually won the games: a late goal from Tevez, a late goal from Chicharito.
"The performance and the character the players showed was terrific."
United now need a maximum seven points to clinch title no.20, but the team's mantra of focusing on the next game remains, and so attentions now turn firmly to taking another three points from Sam Allardyce's West Ham side.
"The Britannia Stadium is not an easy place to go to and we had this swirling wind in the first half. [But] the performance and the character the players showed was terrific.”
- Sir Alex Ferguson