Manchester United got their 2018/19 season off to a winning start, beating Leicester City 2-1 at Old Trafford thanks to goals from Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw.
Jose Mourinho's grumpy attitude in pre-season had brought a cloud of negativity over the club.
Man United chiefs didn't deliver the signings he wanted and - after Friday night's win over Leicester - Mourinho suggested that his role should be downgraded to 'head coach'.
“I had my plans for many months and I find myself with the market closed in a situation I did not think I would be in," said the Portuguese coach in his post-match interview.
"That’s football management. I think football is changing and managers should be called head coaches.”
Evidently, his relationship with Ed Woodward is not great but it won't matter if he's able to continue guiding his team to victory.
Minutes before the match kicked off, Gary Neville delivered a rousing speech which addressed the negativity surrounding Man United.
The former Man United defender suggested there were similar times under Sir Alex Ferguson - but, regardless, "there was one thing that always mattered".
“There’s a lot been said about Manchester United in these last few weeks, a lot of negativity. But, don’t rewrite history," said Neville on Sky Sports.
"There was negativity down the years during the Sir Alex Ferguson period, and when the Glazer family took over and all negativity and the politics that existed then.
"And I think back to when Sir Alex sold Mark Hughes, Paul Ince and Andrei Kanchelskis, and the doom and gloom that happened during that pre-season.
"There was one thing that always mattered and that was that one group of people could separate the clouds and make the sun shine, and that was the players who wear these Manchester United shirts.
"They have a great responsibility these next few weeks to start the season well and make everyone love football again at this football club because it’s a great club and one of the most amazing experiences to play and wear that shirt.
"They can go and potentially defy what everybody thinks and challenge for a Premier League title which should be an ambition for the amount of quality that exists in this dressing room.”
Absolutely nailed it, Gary.
He's a top pundit these days but Neville will forever be a Manchester United legend.
Mourinho's side visit Brighton in their next Premier League outing before a tricky fixture against Spurs at Old Trafford.
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