Wednesday's release of Premier League fixtures for the 2014-15 season has provided football fans with a distraction amid the World Cup excitement.
Club football has taken a back seat to the international tournament in Brazil over the last couple of weeks but is back in the headlines once more following the unveiling of the official schedule for the new season.
And their neighbours in Red, Manchester United, will also be hoping to hit the ground running following a bitterly disappointing term under David Moyes in 2013-14.
United finished seventh, missed out on Champions League football for the first time since 1995 and failed to qualify for Europe altogether for the first time in 14 years, culminating in Moyes's dismissal in April.
However, there is a lot to be hopeful about for Stretford End supporters ahead of the new season, and here we take a look at four reasons for optimism for 2014-15.