Ivanovic is keen to get off to a flying start following the return of Jose Mourinho and he already has his eyes on the trip to Old Trafford on August 26.
He said: "It's very important, more mentally, because it's the beginning of the season.
"That game will not decide who is going to be champions, but it will decide a lot of things about the confidence and about the team.
"It's very important for us psychologically to start the season well. I think it can give us extra confidence and after that we can play game by game.
"The season is very long. We have to be ready for every challenge."