While the start of the school holidays is just around the corner for young United fans, today was like the exact opposite for the players - the first day of term.
Monday 5 July had been circled on calendars since the last ball of 2009/10 was kicked and so, after a month or more off work, the senior players returned to Carrington for pre-season medical tests and check-ups.
While new defender Chris Smalling was among those reporting for duty, there were some notable absentees - South Africa 2010 participants Michael Carrick, Patrice Evra, Ji-sung Park, Wayne Rooney and Nemanja Vidic are now taking their delayed summer rest.
Sir Alex Ferguson has allayed concerns about Wayne's condition, following a disappointing World Cup campaign. The boss said, "There's nothing wrong with the lad or his fitness. He's relaxing on holiday and I expect him to come back refreshed for the new season."
Meanwhile, Sir Alex's latest import, Mexico's Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez, is also enjoying a breather before joining the squad for the first time while the Reds are on tour. "He looks an exciting prospect," said the manager. "He has pace and a good scoring record. I'm looking forward to seeing him in a United shirt."
ManUtd.com is taking a closer look at United's pre-season preparations this week, finding out how staff at Carrington and Old Trafford are getting ready for 2010/11.
Look out for exclusive interviews on the website from Tuesday, followed by photos of the players in their new training kit from Friday.