Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson expressed relief after his side got off to a winning start on their summer tour.
They secured a 3-1 victory against Celtic at the Rogers Centre thanks to goals from Dimitar Berbatov, who was named man of the match, as well as substitutes Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley. Although Georgios Samaras had equalised for the penalty spot, United finished the stronger following a training camp in Chicago.
Ferguson said: "The first game is one you want to get out of the road because fitness comes into it, as does the time you give to your players. I was pleased as some of the performances were good."
He added: "We try to get the preparation to a point where they want to want to start playing games. They had seven days at Carrington, four days in Chicago; they were desperate for a game. The one thing pre-season brings on is the desire to start playing games.
"No-one likes pre-season. It does not matter how good it is. Nobody enjoys it because it is rough and tough. It is the hard bit of the game. Thankfully we are on that route of playing."
Berbatov savoured the experience in front of a 39,000 crowd.
"I was enjoying the whole game," he said on MUTV.
"We have started well with a win, Celtic are a very good team. They played very well.
"It's the first game of pre-season, still too early to judge, but it was a good test of our physical form and technical as well. We have a lot of games before the season starts so I think we will be fully prepared.
"When the summer comes you don't stop playing. You play with your friends. But when you come here you play with your team-mates, the season is starting. You come to new countries, see new people, play different teams and it's very exciting."
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