Fergie warns Man Utd rivals

Ferguson said: “I just knew everything would come right and now everyone can see it as we build a momentum that I believe will take some stopping.

“We are in good form at the moment, picking up all the time after a slow opening to the season, which I have to say did not surprise me. I knew there were reasons why we were not operating on full throttle.

“After what we experienced last season, going flat out to win two trophies, there was inevitably exhaustion with most players carrying knocks and needing repair jobs.”