Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley has hailed the character of David Moyes' squad following their hard-fought 2-1 victory over struggling Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
The Red Devils have endured a hugely difficult start to the 2013/14 campaign, with new boss Moyes lambasted for a lack of positive action in the summer transfer market and for overseeing a slump in form that saw United lie in 12th place prior to Saturday's hotly-contested fixture.
The former Everton favourite was relieved, however, after seeing his side fightback admirably from an early Craig Gardner goal to record victory courtesy of a majestic second-half brace from 18-year-old Belgian-born starlet Adnan Januzaj.
Following the win, Cleverley, who, bar a number of loan spells, has been at Old Trafford for his entire career, praised the character in the United squad but admitted that there were still improvements to be made going forward.
"There are things we can improve on with the goal we conceded," the England international told the club's official website.
"We did start slowly. We could all look at that on the tapes and see where we can improve. But the character we showed to come back from that was fantastic and that's what we'll always have. That's what this club is all about."
United, who are now up to 9th in the Premier League table following their win on Wearside, return to domestic action following the upcoming international break with a home clash against Mauricio Pochettino's high-flying Southampton on October 19.