Nemanja Vidic declared Manchester United were primed to make a flying start to the season following their latest incredible comeback in the Community Shield.
Sir Alex Ferguson's men produced a trademark second-half Houdini act against Manchester City at Wembley yesterday to turn a 2-0 defeat into a last-gasp 3-2 victory.
That allowed captain Vidic to lift the first silverware of the new season and send out a message to United's trophy rivals, including big-spending City.
But defender Vidic said: “We showed we are ready for the season.
“A few players had really good games, especially young players.”
Vidic added: “We were 2-0 down after the first half and to change the game to 3-2, it's a great performance, especially second half.”
Asked the age-old question about what the manager had said at half-time, Vidic replied: “He just said, 'You have to keep going, doing the same stuff'.
“We did it first half, obviously. We kept the ball well.
“Maybe we gave away two easy goals but, overall, he was happy with the performance.”
United winger Nani, who scored twice including the last gasp winner, insisted his team-mates never lost belief despite going 2-0 down.
Nani said: “This is United, we all believe until the last minute and the attitude of the lads in the second half was that everyone believed we could score.
“Our fans will be so proud of us, it is a beautiful day.”
Meanwhile, City boss Roberto Mancini, who expects skipper Carlos Tevez to be back training at Carrington today, believes big-money arrival Sergio Aguero needs to improve his fitness before he can be considered for first-team action after spending the entire game on the bench.