Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was always confident that Dimitar Berbatov would hit top form following his stunning hat-trick in Sunday's 3-2 win over arch-rivals Liverpool.
The Bulgarian, who has struggled to make an impact at Old Trafford since he arrived from Tottenham Hotspur in 2008, nodded the side in front before doubling their advantage with an audacious overhead kick.
Steven Gerrard's penalty and free-kick tied things up, but Berbatov had the last laugh as he glanced home John O'Shea's centre to seal the three points and Ferguson praised his efforts while suggesting it would have been a travesty if the Merseysiders left with a positive result.
"He had a lot of criticism last season from the media and that happens when we buy a player for a lot of money and he's not scoring a hat-trick in every game," Ferguson said.
"That's the way of the world for some players who come here. This season he's started off in the right fashion. His pre-season training was very good and his pre-season tour was very good.
"He has carried that on and I have never had any doubt about the quality of the man, and you've seen it again today."
"From a game of saying to myself, is it going to be 10 we end up 2-2 and it was a travesty of a scoreline, but a great result at the end of the day.
"They didn't offer anything really and had to depend on decisions from the linesman to get back in the game.
"Edwin (Van der Sar) had not had a save to make and Scholes was controlling the centre of midfield.
"We were looking dangerous up front, with Berbatov and Nani, in particular, and I couldn't see us losing the game."