Manchester City's first competitive match of 2014-15 lies right around the corner as they contest the FA Community Shield against Arsenal on Sunday. The Premier League champions take on the FA Cup holders, hoping to win the traditional English curtain-raiser for the second time in three seasons.
City have spent their pre-season between Scotland and the United States, playing six matches in the process.
In Scotland, the Blues suffered a 2-0 loss to Dundee before picking up a 2-1 win over Hearts. Stateside, they toppled reigning MLS champions Sporting Kansas City, 4-1, and thrashed AC Milan, 5-1, before losing penalty shootouts to Liverpool and Olympiacos after 2-2 draws in both matches.
These matches have been a good opportunity for some fringe players and youth products to get some solid playing time while the team's stars rested after the World Cup. A number of these players stood out as they looked to cement a place in the team or showcase their potential.
Read on to see, based on what we've seen from them in pre-season, City's five best players of the last month.