So the shadow dancing of pre-season is over and The Reds get down to business with an impressive 3-0 victory over the reigning Hungarian champions Debrecen.
I expected a slow beginning but Wayne Rooney put paid to that idea with a well taken if scrappy goal in the 7th minute. Debrecen didn't threaten much beyond the occasional speculative counter but did have a goal disallowed right at the start of the second half.
Ruud Van Nistelrooy
United tidied things up, playing with a lot of pace and looking sharp and added goals from Ruud van Nistelrooy and Cristiano Ronaldo, both courtesy of excellent Rooney passes so, barring unexpected disasters during the away leg in Hungary on Wednesday August 24th, we should be able to get through to the Champions League proper, the group stage.
Now we can concentrate on the opening Premiership fixture, away to Phil Neville's new team, Everton, on Saturday lunchtime.
Cross-posted here on BlogCritics