Following Manchester United's 3-2 victory over Roma, Spanish international Juan Mata took to Twitter to send a message to his followers.
'Another step in our preparation,' Mata wrote, succinctly summing up exactly why this summer is so important.
Louis van Gaal took over a team who had just suffered their worst ever Premier League campaign, with a squad lacking a quality central midfielder and with more number 10s then anyone would know what to do with.
And yet already the Dutchman has steered his new club to two victories on the bounce, their 7-0 win over LA Galaxy followed by a 3-2 victory over Roma in Denver.
The game was very much one of two halves, with two goals from Wayne Rooney and one from Mata giving the English side control of an encounter they almost threw away after the interval.
But as Mata said himself, this is another step in van Gaal's attempts to turn the club into contenders again. And after just a few short days, things are certainly looking up.
It will take time, but if the players accept the importance of this pre-season campaign; if they heed his every word and prepare to the best of their ability, by the time the important action kicks off, the United of old could be back with a vengeance.