31/07/2009 11:09, Report by Mike Shaw and Gemma Thompson
Gallery: July in pictures
July was a busy old month at Old Trafford following the players' return to pre-season training and a number of comings and goings in the transfer market.
Following the departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez, Michael Owen, Antonio Valencia and Gabriel Obertan were unveiled to the media at Carrington just days before the Reds jetted off to the Far East for a four-game pre-season tour.
Owen came off the bench to score the winner in United's opening tour win in Malaysia and bagged a further three goals during the trip. Fellow strikers Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov and youngster Federico Macheda also found the net as the Reds secured four wins out of four.
A trip to Germany for the Audi Cup followed and United's opening victory over Boca Juniors was certainly a memorable occasion for Anderson and debutant Antonio Valencia. Anderson fired his first goal in a red shirt (albeit a non-competitive strike), curling home a stunning free-kick. Valencia, who impressed throughout, added a second after some impressive attacking play.
A goalless draw with Bayern Munich followed in the Audi Cup final with the Reds eventually losing out 7-6 on penalties.
Club photographers John and Matt Peters followed the lads every step of the way over the last month and you can have a look back at the best pictures from July by clicking on the image above