Manchester United look to put their summer troubles behind them and strike an early blow over champions Chelsea and bitter rivals Arsenal when they kick-off the new Premiership season on Saturday.
Sir Alex Ferguson's team, who attracted headlines for all the wrong reasons in the close season following the controversial Glazer takeover and star defender Rio Ferdinand's stalling over a new contract, face last year's surprise side Everton at Goodison Park.
United warmed up for Saturday's encounter with a 3-0 win against Debrecen in a Champions League qualifier in midweek, while Everton's European dream took a knock after losing 2-1 at home to Villarreal.
With Chelsea and last season's runners-up Arsenal not starting their campaigns until Sunday, United have a golden opportinity to stake out their claim for the title.
Arsenal, who finished second last season, open at home to Newcastle, also on Sunday. The Londoners will take to the field without former captain Patrick Vieira, who has joined Italian giants Juventus for almost 14 million pounds.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has insisted that Spanish teenager Francesc Fabregas can fill the gap left by the French international and has been linked with Newcastle's English midfielder Jermaine Jenas.
The visitors will likely start with new midfield signings Scott Parker, bought from Chelsea, and Turkish international Emre, who swapped Inter Milan for the Magpies.
I m too excited as the action kicks off tomorrow!!