It is something of a pre-season trend these days that Europe's most prominent sides meet in preparatory encounters for the new campaign, with the summer something having something of a Champions League feel.
Gone are those times that Manchester United might have faced teams in their relative locale - Bury, Oldham etc - ahead of the season but rather they now leave home for far warmer climes and significantly more established competition.
On Saturday we were fortunate enough to witness United play Barcelona, Chelsea clash with Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund vie with Juventus. Not a bad selection of fixtures to watch in July.
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In the latter of these three clashes - which ended 2-0 to the German side - there was a moment of magic fit to grace any competition at any stage of a season, with Marco Reus the player to have executed it.
When goals of the season are compiled come next May, it would take something very special indeed to beat Reus' effort, which started in his own half and ended with a sublime nutmeg and ice cool finish.
It is moments like these that make Reus one of the most coveted footballers on the planet and it is something of a surprise he is still a Dortmund player given the links to Manchester United, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and numerous other clubs of such stature.
But for now at least, he remains committed to Dortmund, and they will be relying him to inspire them back to previous glories after a season to forget last term.
BVB briefly flirted with relegation before safely rising to seventh position, but a return to the Champions League will be imperative, although that will be quite an ask with a new manager at the helm in Thomas Tuchel.
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