MANCHESTER UNITED have officially left the country as they get their 2019-20 season preparations underway in Australia.
And yes, Paul Pogba did actually make it on to the plane…
The future of the World Cup winner, 26, is very much up in the air, with the player himself wanting to leave the club to secure his dream move to Real Madrid.
However, United officials want him to honour his contract, with two years and an option year left on his current deal.
Pogba is likely to get a good run-out during the trip Down Under – but Romelu Lukaku could be left to warm the bench as the club look to sell him to Italy.
Inter Milan had led the race to land the £75million-rated striker, only to pull the plug on the deal due to lack of funds.
Lukaku has since been offered to Juventus and Napoli – but with the Belgian perhaps not playing this pre-season, who will?
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could well give two separate XIs a half each against Perth Glory in their opening tour match.
Should that happen, United are likely to mix youth and experience in each team – but who makes the cut?
DAVID DE GEA seems more and more likely to stay, with rumours of a transfer to Paris Saint-Germain cooling in recent weeks.
In defence, new £50m signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka is likely to get a run-out and could line-up along with Luke Shaw, Eric Bailly and returning Aston Villa loanee Axel Tuanzebe.
In midfield, Solskjaer is set to build a team around Scott McTominay – with youngster James Garner almost certain to pick up some valuable minutes this summer.
Should those two start, United will need to balance that with some experience – with Nemanja Matic a solid option.
In attack, Solskjaer could do worse than to allow both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial to play a half in their favoured position – through the middle.
Too often the young, speedy forwards have been shunted out wide to accommodate the likes of flop Lukaku.
Daniel James – the new signing from Swansea – will be given the chance to show off his lightning pace on one wing, with Jesse Lingard a possible option on the other.
WITH Dean Henderson seemingly off for another stint on loan at newly-promoted Sheffield United, Joel Pereira should be given the chance to be United’s No2 stopper.
Sergio Romero and Lee Grant can provide experienced back-up, but Pereira has the potential to be a starter one day and should be afforded a shot.
Diogo Dalot will look to build on his potential – albeit now behind Wan-Bissaka in the pecking order.
Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo are arguably the best of the rest, with Phil Jones and Ashley Young surely no more than reserves this season.
In midfield, a mix of youthful energy, mercurial talent and veteran savvy in Andreas Pereira, Pogba and Juan Mata could be an intriguing trio.
Up front, Martial could be flanked by talented youth stars Mason Greenwood and Tahith Chong.
Angel Gomes is another hotshot aiming for a spot in the team during the pre-season tour to Australia, Singapore and China.