Ryan Giggs has struck the first psychological blow of the fledgling season by claiming that Manchester United made Chelsea look "ordinary" during the Community Shield.
United triumphed 3-1 over the double winners at Wembley on Sunday, to give the Red Devils bragging rights ahead of the imminent Premier League campaign.
And, although Giggs admitted that a "friendly" victory won't affect the destination of the league title come May, the United legend reckons his team-mates have sent out a message of intent.
"The Community Shield does not have a direct bearing on what is going to happen over the coming months but it does send out a marker," he said. "Chelsea are a good team and at times we made them look ordinary."
The 36-year-old also gave the performance of youngster Javier Hernandez - who scored the decisive second goal against Chelsea - his seal of approval, and backed him to quickly win his way into the hearts of the United faithful.
Giggs told the Daily Telegraph: “Javier has the extra quality that makes a difference,
“Towards the end of last season we needed that player who could come off the bench and change a game.
"Now we have strengthened and hopefully that will give us an edge. Javier is a goal-poacher. His overall movement and ability to find space is really good.
"Hopefully he can get a lot of goals this year. He has started pre-season really well and I am sure he will be a great player for us."