As we draw closer to the start of yet another season, the basic preparation continues as coaches try to up fitness levels and match readiness.
But this season throws another curve ball for managers to deal with, an interesting yet frustrating decision that allows only 25 players to be submitted to the FA by Sept. 1.
This is part of the new rules for the Barclays Premier League squad for 2010/11.
With regards to United, Sir Alex is hard at work as he tries to select the best possible candidates that he sees fit.
Part of the rules, as defined by the Footballing Association, is that the squad must be represented by eight home-grown players.
Home-grown players are defined as those who "irrespective of nationality or age, have been affiliated to the FA or Welsh FA for a period of three seasons or 36 months prior to their 21st birthday.
Which makes the task a little more taxing, while some clubs might be short of players to fill their roster, other might be having the perfect number 25, while for a club like Manchester United it's not that simple.
United have around 40 players from who to choose, yes a part of them been youngsters who will unfortunately not get a chance in the league, but that still leaves Ferguson with a number of "maybe" possibilities.
So I decided, let me take a punch at selecting 25 United players who could go on and represent, taking into consideration injuries, suspension, etc. The squad needs to be correctly balanced both in attack and defence.