With 75,000 delirious Manchester United fans chanting “champions, champions” at full voice, Rio Ferdinand tugged the back of Robin van Persie’s shirt bearing his squad number and shouted: “No. 20, No. 20”.
Fortress Jalan Besar is safe. Decimated by suspensions and injury, the LionsXII produced a spectacular display of firepower and resolute defence to see off ATM FA, Malaysia’s armed forces team, 3-1 last night.