In the intervening period more than 350m has been spent as clubs desperate for success search for the winning formula.
But for all the money that the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham have lavished on new faces, it is United and Chelsea who start the season once again as most people’s favourites for the title.
With Uefa Cup places also up for grabs and new boys Birmingham, Derby and Sunderland desperate to preserve their top-flight status it promises to be a fascinating season.
And you can keep up to date with all the action on BBC Sport, including:
Highlights on Match of the Day on Saturday evenings (repeated on Sunday mornings) and MOTD2 on Sunday evenings – this season broadcast simultaneously on the BBC Sport website (UK only).
Features, news and updates on Football Focus and Score on BBC One every Saturday.
Live match text commentary on the website and for mobiles plus all the scores and stats, news, previews, reports and reaction, as well as features, comment, photos and interaction online – including player rater.
Live commentary on Radio Five Live, with reports from the ground at every Premier...