Manchester United's Michael Carrick has urged the club to get off to a good start in David Moyes' first campaign.
United have a very tricky start to the season, playing top four contenders Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool in their opening six league games.
And Carrick has stressed the importance of getting into the right state of mind for the challenge ahead - the player also commented on Moyes' training sessions saying how they've rubbed off on the team.
Many of the United players will be looking to impress their new manager, to try and get into his plans for this season which could make some players more determined to improve to show what they're capable of.
"We can't afford a slow start this year so these few weeks (on tour) are vital for us," said Carrick.
"We have touched on the start to the season we have, and it's important we're ready for that.
"The manager is enthusiastic and energetic and intense with his work, and that's rubbed off on everyone," added the 31-year-old.
"Training has been good and there is a huge focus and a good feel around the place.
Carrick went on to say that Moyes' approach to training is different to his former manager Sir Alex Ferguson's style.
"He's a lot different to Sir Alex in that sense - he tended to take a step back and let the coaches deal with it, whereas David Moyes tends to be right in the thick of it which is good.
"It creates an intensity and everyone has responded to that."
United kick-off their campaign with a Community Shield clash with recently relegated Wigan Athletic, before travelling to south Wales to start their Premier League campaign at Swansea City.
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