Wayne Rooney is delighted with the understanding he is building with summer signing Shinji Kagawa, after Manchester United's comeback victory against Hannover on Saturday.
The 26-year-old striker scored twice before setting up the Japanese attacking midfielder for the winner, to claim the man of the match award, as the Red Devils came from two goals down to win 4-3 in Germany.
Sir Alex Ferguson's side still have some work to do defensively ahead of the new campaign, but going forward the signs look very promising indeed.
"It was end-to-end and we were a bit sloppy at times. We could have done better defending," Rooney told MUTV. "But I thought some of the play throughout the game was great. Some great link-up play between us.
"We've got the four goals which maybe we were lacking in pre-season and it's great to get them with the season coming up."
On Kagawa, the forward added: "Obviously he's a very clever player. The likes of himself, Chicharito and Tom (Cleverley) - there are players capable of getting on the ball and linking the play and it worked well for us tonight."
With less than a week away until the first ball is kicked when they take on Everton at Goodison Park in the 2012/13 Premier League campaign, the Red Devils are - according to Rooney - edging their way back to their best, after a difficult summer.
"It's been a bit stop-start with the international players coming back a bit later but we've had to make sure we look after ourselves during the summer.
"I think tonight you can see that the players are looking better every game - fresher and fitter - and hopefully come next Monday against Everton we'll be ready because it'll be a difficult game."