United started the season impressively, with victory in the Community Shield against champions Chelsea and a debut goal for new recruit Javier Hernandez. Dimitar Berbatov sealed a 3-1 win late on after Antonio Valenca fired Sir Alex Ferguson's side ahead.
The Reds had to wait until Monday night to kick off the Premier League campaign as Berbatov, Darren Fletcher and Ryan Giggs did the damage against Newcastle. Things proved more difficult on the road, as was the case for much of the season, as Fulham fought back to earn a 2-2 draw. Nani missed a penalty that would have surely guaranteed the points before Brede Hangeland cancelled out his earlier own goal. Paul Scholes opened the scoring with his 150th and final goal in a United shirt.
Wayne Rooney opened his account with a penalty in a 3-0 win against West Ham, with Nani and Berbatov also on target, as the Reds finished the month in second place behind Chelsea. On the news front, Nemanja Vidic signed a new contract.