Manchester City captain Richard Dunne admits their successful start under manager Sven Goran Eriksson has surprised him.
"We all want to play for a good club and good managers but there were stages over the summer where it didn't look like Manchester City were going to go anywhere," Dunne told the Manchester Evening News.
"Thankfully, it has really lifted off. In saying we would have a new owner and a top-class manager, the directors had made promises they had to keep for the fans' sake.
"It probably took longer than expected but they did a great job in the end. Anyone who hung around is enjoying it and getting all the benefits from it.
"The expectation around the club has risen. Everyone wants to watch us because of our displays and everyone is saying we are really good to watch."