Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs believes the club must set the pace in the Premier League to prevent any threat posed by Chelsea with the return of Jose Mourinho.

During the Portuguese's first spell at Stamford Bridge, he inspired two quick run-aways in which he won consecutive league titles - and Giggs will be aware of the dangers of letting them gain an early advantage.

"In Mourinho's first spell at Chelsea, they obviously got us to a few good starts and we didn't manage to catch them," he told the official Manchester United website.

Despite Chelsea going top of the Premier League last night after a 2-1 home win over Aston Villa, the experienced Welshman has insisted the reigning champions must continue their winning ways.

"You always want to get off to a good start. It has obviously been well documented that we have got a tough start, but we started well with a good win at Swansea on Saturday and hopefully we can carry that on," added the 39-year-old.

Mourinho's league winning side of 2004/05 had a gap of six points after just 10 games and a bigger margin of 10 points in the following season, with United unable to catch them.

And the United dressing room will be looking at the hat-trick of titles from 2007 and 2009 as inspiration for the new campaign.

Giggs, who holds the all-time record of appearances for United with 943, has been a regular feature for the Red Devils and has been at Old Trafford since 1990.

Chelsea are set to visit Old Trafford on Monday for their early Premier League clash and it will be Mourinho's first visit back since his Real Madrid side knocked out United in the Champions League last season.

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