• United had six players in South Africa for World Cup
• Sir Alex Ferguson: 'Maybe one or two' to play first game
England's Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick, the France and South Korea captains Patrice Evra and Park Ji-sung, Serbia's defender Nemanja Vidic and the club's new signing, Javier Hernández of Mexico, were United's six representatives in South Africa.
Rio Ferdinand is hopeful of being fit for the start of the season after injury prevented him captaining England, while Nani was in the squad which flew out for a pre-season tour of America after being ruled out of Portugal's campaign.
With regards to those who did play, though, Ferguson will bide his time over assessing them ahead of the Newcastle game. None of them was on the plane when United flew out for their pre-season tour of America, although Hernández will link up with the squad on 27 July, in time to face his former club Chivas three days later.
After a training camp in Chicago, United will take on Celtic, Philadelphia Union, Kansas City Wizards and the MLS All-Stars before the match against Chivas and their return to England for the Community Shield against the double winners Chelsea.
And Ferguson told Sky Sports News: "Even the [Community] Shield does not come on to the agenda as a need-to-win game, it's being used as the final part of preparation. That's on 8 August, then there are internationals during that week, and we have the first game the following Monday against Newcastle.
"In that time, after we've surveyed the fitness of the ones who've been at the World Cup because they don't come back until 28 July, we'll really know if any of them or all of them should play in the opening game. I have the feeling we'll probably not play them all but maybe one or two will play in it."
More pictures from the 'unofficial' launch of the new Manchester Untied Kit during a reserve match.
Edwin will be pleased by this one XD
Berbatov during the summer who added another tattoo to his collection: