Ryan Giggs is under no illusions that Manchester United will need to show the mettle of champions to finish the job and clinch what would be his 13th - and the club's 20th - domestic top-flight title.
After last night's disappointing 1-0 defeat to Wigan at the DW Stadium, the Welsh midfielder has urged his Red Devils teammates to show their fighting spirit and bounce back against Aston Villa at Old Trafford this weekend.
Sir Alex Ferguson had no complaints about the result, despite a number of questionable decisions in the game that ultimately went against the visitors.
But Giggs says that the below-par performance meant United got exactly what they deserved, and emphasised the importance of building another winning run.
"We've got to not get too down at what's happened," the 38-year-old told MUTV after the game. "It's happened quite a bit this season, there's been an odd sort of display where we've just not performed but the main thing is we've recovered from it and that's what we've got to do.
"It it is important [to beat Villa and Everton in the upcoming home fixtures]. We're at Old Trafford and at home and we'll be looking to win both games and put the pressure on.
"But, like I say, throughout the season, we've had poor performances and poor results but we've always bounced back."
Pressed for an answer as to why United surrendered so easily against a lowly Latics side, Giggs made no excuses, refused to dwell on the defeat, and paid tribute to Roberto Martinez's side.
"We didn't perform. For a start, our normal passing game wasn't as fluent and we kept giving the ball away," he explained. "Obviously, you've got to give credit to Wigan - they put us under a lot of pressure, especially early on and credit to them as well.
"They worked hard but that's something we come up against quite a bit [being closed down] so it's not an excuse not to be able to handle that. We just didn't keep the ball like Manchester United usually do.
"I think we only had one or two shots on goal and that's also disappointing so we have to look at the game and work on it and get ready for Sunday."
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