With less than a week to go until the start of the new Premier League season, the inevitable heat is beginning to descend on David Moyes, whose colossal task of succeeding fellow Scot Sir Alex Ferguson approaches its beginning.
Moyes is still yet to welcome his first signing since his arrival in July, and his lack of activity in the transfer market may have come as something of a worry, to the red side of Manchester at least.
Attempts to sign Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas appear to have broken down, while the ongoing Wayne Rooney saga only hinders the new United boss.
In the toughest of starts to the new season, Moyes and his new side face trips to Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City during their first five games, if the job wasn't already hard enough.
The capture of the Community Shield on Sunday will come as a huge relief for both Moyes and the supporters, even if it's not viewed as major silverware.
Their 2-0 victory over championship outfit Wigan Athletic certainly wasn't the most entertaining or lively affair, however it was one of great professionalism and discipline.
Moyes might not have added to his already impressive squad and for the time being he is also yet to sell. The team he's inherited still contains the same players who lifted last year's title, which could prove crucial as the season unfolds.
Despite the apparent aspirations to sign a world class playmaker in midfield, the combination of Ryan Giggs, Tom Cleverly and Michael Carrack can't be underestimated at the top level.
Younger player like Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and David De Gea along with January signing Wilfried Zaha will only build on last year's success as they strive to become the core of the team in the new era at Old Trafford.
Although Rooney's time at the club may be near its end, in Robin van Persie, Moyes has access to the league's most prolific striker. Barring injury the Dutchman's goals are almost guaranteed.
Manchester United begin their new campaign away to Swansea on Saturday, as one of the Premier League's most unpredictable season's gets underway.
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