Manchester City's James Milner has hailed the team spirit in Roberto Mancini's squad, stating everyone is working hard for each other.
With expectations high at the Etihad Stadium and numerous egos for the Italian tactician to keep in check, it has been suggested in the past that squad harmony had not been the club's strongest suit.
However, City's potential is being realised this season with Mancini's side top of the Premier League ladder with a five-point advantage.
Milner insists there is an excellent team spirit in the camp and that everyone is pulling for each other, contrary to popular belief.
"We've a good bunch of lads and there's always banter going on. We enjoy ourselves," said Milner.
"That's important - the spirit - because when things aren't going well on or off the field, you need to pull together for that last-minute winner or to grind out a result if you're down to 10 men.
"That's when wanting to run that extra five yards for your team-mate comes into it."
Despite the foreign influence of players such as Vincent Kompany, David Silva, Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko, Milner hailed City's home-grown core as another reason for City's fine start this term - such as Joe Hart, Gareth Barry, Micah Richards and Adam Johnson.
"Look down the squad list, it's full of top players," he said.
"We've a good core of English players, which you need, just as you need a core of Italian players in Italy, say, but we've got good foreign players as well.
"We want to win and it's exciting times here. We won't get ahead of ourselves, but we all want to create history for this club and to win trophies.
"I'm here to win the medals I can look back on when my career is over. I hope the FA Cup [which City won last season to end a 35-year trophy drought] is just the first of many.
"It was great for our fans - sharing a city with a club that's done so well over the years has been tough on them. Now it's down to us to get on a par.
"They [Manchester United] have set those standards and we have to match them."