David Moyes: The Most Important July Dates for New Manchester United Manager
David Moyes is officially Manager of Manchester United.
The calendar has ticked over to July 1, the much-respected Scot has arrived at his new office for the first time.
Moyes travelled to the Premier League champions' Carrington Training ground shortly after 8 a.m and was instantly prepared to begin his momentous task of following Sir Alex Ferguson.
The changes began immediately.
Within a few hours of his arrival, Moyes had already confirmed the appointment of Steve Round as his assistant manager, Chris Woods as goalkeeping coach and Jimmy Lumsden as first team coach. Speaking on the assembly of his backroom staff, Moyes told the official Manchester United website:
I have worked with Steve, Chris and Jimmy for a number of years and I am delighted they have decided to join me at this great club.
They bring great qualities in their respective fields and I know that, like me, they feel that this is a challenge to relish. I have great faith that together, we can build upon the success this club has enjoyed over many years.
Such appointments kick off a huge month for the Old Trafford boss.
His achievements throughout July could lay the foundation for a successful season. Whether it's in the transfer market, on the training pitch or in preseason matches, Moyes has a busy few weeks ahead.
Which dates throughout July stand out for the new manager? Let's break it down.
July 1—Moyes officially begins work as Manchester United manager. Appoints Steve Round, Chris Woods and Jimmy Lumsden to his coaching staff.
July 2—Although The Daily Mail originally reported Moyes could meet for "crisis" talks with Wayne Rooney on this day, Sky Sports suggest the chat could be held on Wednesday instead. Players will also start filtering back to work for the upcoming season.
July 3—This could be an extremely pivotal day in how Moyes' Manchester United career is to progress. By the end of the day, it is widely reported Rooney's future will be sorted.
Despite Sir Alex Ferguson telling Sky Sports that the England International has handed in a second request to leave the club, Rooney is demanding a public apology after rejecting the retiring manager's claims (as reported by Metro).
Still, this day could decide whether Moyes and Rooney—former colleagues at Goodison Park—are going to join forces for a Manchester United future.
All playing staff will also return to Carrington to start preseason training. This represents the first time Moyes will get hands on with his squad.
He will also want to begin confirming new signings so they can join the upcoming tour of Asia and Australia.
July 13—After 10 days of preseason training, Moyes will finally head to the dugout for his first match as Red Devils leader. United head to Bangkok, Thailand in order to take on a specially-selected Singha All Stars XI.
This team will be managed by Dr. Vichit Yamboonruang, director of the Thai Premier League.He will be joined by former Royal Thai Air Force striker Piyapong Pue-on, who scored 103 goals for his country between 1981-1997.
The Singha All Stars XI will be made up entirely of Thai Premier League players and should be announced soon.
July 20—Moyes has a week between his first and second games in charge. United travel to Sydney, Australia for the team's second preseason game of the ambitious tour. Sydney FC's Anz Stadium will play host to the game against an A-League All Stars outfit that have confirmed the inclusion of Brett Emerton, Nikoloai Topor-Stanley and Thomas Brioch (according to Football Australia).
July 23—After the brief trip to Australia, Moyes and his squad head back to Asia. A match against Yokohama F-Marinos is first up in the Nissan Stadium.
July 26—Three days after tackling the Yokohoma side, Shinji Kagawa returns to his first professional club for United's game against Cerezo Osaka. Expect an electric atmosphere for this one, especially while the former Borussia Dortmund star is in town.
July 29—United move on to Hong Kong after two games in Japan.
Kitchee FC will be Moyes' fifth opponents and represent the last game of the Asian tour. By this point, the new manager will have hopefully confirmed his squad for the upcoming season.
August 6—A short rest period after the game with Kitchee FC sees Moyes and United head to Stockholm for a match against 2009 Allsvenskan champions AIK Fotboll.
This is the last scheduled preseason match and takes place just days before Moyes' competitive debut. Will the likes of Thiago Alcantara, Kevin Strootman and Ezequiel Garay be in the side by this time?
August 9—Rio Ferdinand's testimonial game against Sevilla sees Moyes appear on the Old Trafford home bench for the first time. Expect a host of legendary names for this one.
August 11—The curtain opener for 2012/13's Premier League season. Moyes leads his Manchester United team out at Wembley Stadium for the Community Shield clash with Wigan Athletic.
This is the 50-year-old's first chance at silverware since winning the 1999/2000 English Second Division with Preston North End.
After the Wembley date with Wigan, Moyes will open his Premier League campaign with an away match against Swansea City on August 17.
An efficient preseason tour will certainly help the new manager settle in and could galvanise the squad's confidence ahead of the domestic title defence.
Will Moyes' first month in charge dictate the rest of his reign? Only time will tell.
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