Manchester United hero Phil Neville believes Jose Mourinho is bringing back the club’s “aura”.
United have endured an uncharacteristic spell in the wilderness since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
“I’ve not enjoyed the last couple of seasons when a few people were laughing at us and people were thinking, ‘oh, we’re only playing Man United’,” he told the Daily Mail.
“When United play against teams at Old Trafford, there hasn’t been the trepidation there has been in the past. Now that trepidation is back.
“I want us to be hated again, I want people to be hating Man United. To be growling at us, to be snarling at us, to be jealous of us again. That had gone for the past two years.
“People have said United can’t attract the best players in the world but he has proven that they can.
“Obviously, he has great financial wealth behind him but I think he has bought well and he has a proven track record of winning in his first season.
“I don’t think he will take anything less, he will be ruthless with the team, ruthless within the club and maybe that is what United needed.”