FanZoner Tomos Llewellyn says David Moyes has shown he has the temperament and quality to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
Whilst July 13, 2013 won't mean much to Premier League-starved fans hungrily dreaming of the big kick-off in August, the date represents a symbolic first step on the road to United's new uncharted map.
Ferguson has seemingly forever successfully guided United to the promised land time and again, and without this security or familiarity, fans would be forgiven for feeling slightly nervous regarding the coming season.
Moyes, however, has already shown the necessary qualities required to guide not just a footballing super-power, but a mammoth organisation spanning across the whole globe.
Therefore it is no surprise that United begin their pre-season campaign away against the Singha All-Stars on July 13 to plenty of media coverage and excitement. This year could be argued as the most important pre-season of any club side for the last few decades.
Why? For a start Moyes has had to deal with the difficult Wayne Rooney situation that could have easily served to undermine Moyes' control and authority from the outset. The manner with which the Scotsman has addressed the media and immediately took control of the situation is testament to his strong will and his desire not to be overruled by player-power, no matter the profile. The next challenge on the Rooney front will be to ignite the star's passion once again and ensure he transforms the talented striker into the prolific goalscorer that he has threatened to become over the years. A few goals in pre-season to whet the appetite won't do any harm whatsoever.
All eyes will now inevitably turn to Moyes' ability to successfully negotiate the transfer market. The capture of Barcelona's rising star Thiago would be a huge statement of intent that will fill the midfield with quality, not just much-needed quantity. An early move for Leighton Baines may or may not come to fruition but the hunger to improve the squad and spend some money will already have excited fans who are looking for signs of encouragement in this new era of uncertainty and intrigue.
On the pitch, Moyes will have to begin the process of coming to terms with the sheer volume of media coverage being a Manchester United manager demands and pre-season will be the perfect platform to adjust to that intense scrutiny and coming to terms with being constantly thrust into the public spotlight.
Moyes will also have the opportunity to tailor the side to his demands, to stamp his own imprint into a side with a DNA so strongly connected to the 'Sir' watching from upstairs, and to ensure his side have enough momentum to charge into what is arguably the most difficult opening set of fixtures any side has faced in the modern era.
Ultimately, Moyes' first season won't be remembered for the pre-season tour of 2013. Neither will it be remembered for the difficult opening fixtures should the Red Devils run out comfortable title winners. The manner in which Moyes has confidently set his nerves to one side to instantly instil a calmness and sense of authority over the whole fabric of the club should be remembered by the press and fans throughout Moyes' tenure and beyond.