“There is enough proven quality in the current squad to suggest it’s better than we’ve seen in the last few games, and the players should not lose focus on that. There are the players who know how to win games and know what it takes to win championships, they just have to keep reminding themselves about that.”
Reflecting on that poor sequence in the autumn of 1996, which was preceded by a 5-0 defeat at Newcastle a few weeks earlier, Gary added: “We went on to win the title that season. You take the setbacks - it’s how you react to them.
“It’s a great chance on Saturday to right a wrong, if you like, or to put the balance back from that FA Cup defeat. We have injury problems, which are having an effect on the team at the moment, but this is a great chance to bounce back.
“The five defeats at home so far this season have been very disappointing and it is something we have got to turn around. We need to give the fans at Old Trafford something to shout about. Swansea are a good side, but a win for us on Saturday would be a huge step forward.”