UNITED boss Sir Alex Ferguson says he his delighted with the way his forwards have started the season.
Striker Wayne Rooney followed up his goal in last week's Community Shield by tapping home the match-winner against Birmingham after his own header bounced back into his path off a post.
“He took it very well,” said Ferguson. “It was a good header to start with and he was very quick to get to the rebound.
"He reacted in the right way and it gets him on the road to what we hope will be a very significant total for us this season.”
Rooney's contribution this season will be crucial because United have to find some way of making up the 30 goals Cristiano Ronaldo has regularly contributed on an annual basis.
“If you have two or three strikers who can get you 20 it stands you in good stead.” said Ferguson. “Wayne Rooney is well capable of that.”
Dimitar Berbatov went close on numerous occasions, with one header nodded off the line and the Bulgarian was unlucky not to get a penalty when his foot was trodden on.
His replacement Michael Owen might have had one on his debut as well, only for the former Liverpool forward to fire straight at Joe Hart.
“The more you watch it, the better that save was,” said Ferguson.
“Nevertheless, he will get his goal and once he does, it will set him on the road as well.”
After drawing their last two opening fixtures against teams - Reading and Newcastle - who were subsequently relegated, at least United were able to get a win this time.
And, while the loss of Ronaldo is going to take some getting used to, Ferguson still feels United can look forward with confidence.
“I know some of our supporters are still worried that I have not bought a megastar to replace Cristiano,” he said.
“They are concerned because they can't quite work out how we are going to compensate for all the goals Cristiano used to get for us.
“But I am more than happy with our squad and although we have lost a major player, I believe we are on the threshold of a very exciting era for Manchester United.”