Manchester United recently completed a successful preseason campaign with an eye on a record 20th league title.
After wiping the floor clean with the best teams available across the pond, the Red Devils squared off against their tormentors of a few weeks ago when they took on Barcelona at the FedEx Field near Washington D.C.
More than 81,000 fans watched as a young United side excelled against a depleted Barcelona XI that lacked the talent of Lionel Messi and Xavi.
That being said, United started just three players (Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Wayne Rooney) who played at Wembley, whereas the Barcelona team featured six players, including David Villa, Andrés Iniesta and Pedro, who lifted the Champions League trophy in May.
If that effort wasn't impressive enough, United provided a trailer of what their fans can expect in the coming season in the mother of all Community Shields against crosstown neighbors Manchester City.
It was vintage United on display at Wembley—a ground which has been some sort of a curse for the Red Devils recently.
The Red Devils dominated the majority of the match, except the brief seven-minute period before the break where City scored two goals completely against the run of play.
It was, in Wayne Rooney's words, "a footballing lesson" taught by the Red Devils to their noisy neighbors, who have verbally challenged United's title prior to the new season.
Not only did United quieten the neighbors and grab the bragging rights in Manchester, they sent out a signal of intent to the whole Premier League—nay...the whole world—that this is just the beginning.
It has given fans like me plenty of hope for the next season and I believe I'm echoing the sentiments of Red Devils across the world when I say that the future is Red, the future is United.
Here's a bunch of reasons as to why I (we) think so: