Everton defender Leighton Baines cannot wait for the challenge of playing in Europe.
The £6milion summer signing from Wigan has impressed already during his short time at Goodison Park.
Everton begin their Uefa Cup campaign next week at home to Metalist Kharkov and Baines is looking forward to making his European bow.
"I can't wait for Europe, it's something I have been looking forward to," said Baines.
"Things have gone pretty well for me at Goodison Park. But there is a lot of quality here. The lads did brilliantly last year, getting into Europe and finishing well in the league so with the new faces coming in, that has strengthened the squad and the team.
"They have brought something else in, after doing brilliantly last season and we have a stronger squad this time around so hopefully we can improve."
Everton boss David Moyes was impressed with Baines' performance against Manchester United with the England Under 21 international helping subdue Cristiano Ronaldo.
Moyes said: "Baines had an excellent game, he is looking a really good player and had an excellent game against Ronaldo.
"Ronaldo did all the step-overs but Leighton just kept his eyes on the ball and took it away. It was good, old fashioned defending and I am delighted with the way he has settled in.
"He wasn't bothered about the swaying and body movements, only the ball. And then after taking it away from the player he was able to get involved in our attacking as well, I was more than pleased with him."
Baines clearly relished his battle with Ronaldo, saying: "Playing against Ronaldo is always going to be tough. It was nice to start positively, get a couple of tackles in and try to get forward. We are quite pleased with the performance, just disappointed with the result.
"The more I play, the more I will get an understanding with the other players around me. With training, you get to know certain aspects but until you are playing regularly with others around you, you can't get to know each other that well. Hopefully, we can soon do that and blossom.
"Whoever we play at home, we are looking to win, so we are disappointed not to win or take anything from a decent performance.
"My link-up with the other defenders will improve and we will get better in the future. Hopefully, as a team, we can do well throughout the season and I can do better as an individual.
"We have started the season quite well and given ourselves a decent platform. But we were disappointed not to get anything from the game by conceding at a set piece late on. But we have to pick ourselves up because we have another really big European game in midweek.
"United, though, didn't trouble us too much. We were nice and compact, we pressed them and worked really hard to limited them to hardly any chances at all. They had a couple of shots from outside the box but Stefan Wessels had very little to do in goal so were disappointed to lose."
Everton captain Phil Neville felt his side were unlucky to lose to his old club.
"We did not feel we deserved to lose, but now we have to get this out of our system," noted Neville.
"This is an important for week us, with the club back in Europe, and we need to get this out of our system and look ahead to a good start in the Uefa Cup."