New Manchester United manager David Moyes has barely got his feet under the table of his desk having officially begun work as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor on Monday, but he will be preparing for a 'special meeting' that could define his early period in charge.
Moyes will meet with unsettled forward Wayne Rooney this week - and almost certainly on Tuesday - amid rampant speculation that the England star is set to leave Old Trafford.
The majority of the United players are not due in until Wednesday after their summer breaks, but how the former Everton boss approaches this meeting could be crucial ahead of the upcoming season.
So what should Moyes say to Rooney when the pair (and Rooney's representatives, of course) meet? If I were the new United boss, this is what I would say...
"What do you want then, Wayne?
"Are you prepared to buy into what we are going to do at Manchester United over the next few years, or is there any doubt in your mind that you might want to move on?
"We need to deal with this as adults, and the ongoing speculation is not helping either of us at the moment. I cannot imagine why you would want to leave this great club. We can overcome any problems we have had in the past and we must move on from this situation.
"Sometimes you find yourself at a huge club and you have to be prepared to fight to stay where you are. Sometimes you need to appreciate that you are at a huge club and you will sorely miss being here if you move on and look back at what you had.
"I cannot see a single reason why you would want to leave that could possibly outweigh the positives of being at Manchester United.
"Okay, it is very nice to have the likes of Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho saying that they would like to have a player of your quality and stature at their clubs, but is it really worth a move?
"What is it that you want? Do you want to stay? Because if it's a yes, you need to buy into this 100 per cent and commit yourself totally to the cause going forward. Asking for transfers, saying you are unhappy - it has to stop!
"I cannot sit here and make promises that are impossible to keep. You are a top player, yes, but you're at an enormous club with tremendous depth in the squad. I cannot guarantee that you are going to start every big game or play in your desired position all the time.
"We all know what a good player you are, but it is very much up to you whether your performances and commitment demand that you play every big game. If you deserve to start in the top matches then you will do. If you are playing at your best, you will be in my team every week!
"One thing is for sure, there is no place for anyone at Manchester United who is sulking. You cannot sulk - in any way. What has gone before my reign has nothing to do with me.
"The only two people who matter in this situation are you - the player - and me - the manager. You can get all the advice you want, but it all comes down to whether you want to be a Manchester United footballer and keep on winning trophies with us.
"Yes, we will need to negotiate a new contract at some stage soon, but the only priority for me right now is to establish whether you are committed to this club going forward. I will look after you if you give me everything you've got.
"Manchester United will continue to be successful with or without you, but I would like you with me. Are you in, 100 per cent? I need that from you, and nothing less.
"Most importantly, this has gone on for too long now Wayne. The club need to know; the supporters need to know; the owners need to know and your team-mates need to know.
"Are you with us and will you give the club your all? If not, we will have to move you on. This is a huge decision and only you can make it - so, what is it going to be...?"