Despite forming part of David Moyes' heavily criticised reign at United, Neville is still seen in a positive light by the Old Trafford faithful. All the years of loyal service he and his brother Gary gave the club have not been forgotten, and probably never will.
While fans are delighted to have got beyond the Moyes era, they will still appreciate opinion or input from past players that may have had a role under the current Real Sociedad manager. Even on that note, United fans are not the type to hold a prolonged grudge and they are likely to wish their former manager the best in the future, unless his side happens to face the Premier League giants.
Neville, on the other hand, is currently making a name for himself in the media, appearing regularly on Match of The Day while his brother tops the punditry polls with Sky Sports and MNF (Monday Night Football).
“It has been a good season," Phil Neville told Sky Sports News.
"I think going from seventh to winning the league was too much of an ask but getting into the top four was what Louis van Gaal said at the start of the season that he wanted to do and he’s achieved that, so it is Champions League football back for Manchester United.
“I think Man Utd have shown an improvement this year and I think Louis van Gaal will benefit from the experience of playing in the Premier League because it is such an intense league to play in and I’m sure he’s learned a lot about it this year.
“I think they’ll definitely want to win the league next year. They’ve finished in fourth and I think the next progression is to go on and win the league – Manchester United need to be winning trophies.”
Getting business done early this summer would stand Manchester United in good stead for the next campaign. Louis van Gaal's men need to hit the ground running and have stronger cover for any injuries they pick up along the way.
Balance is another key component Van Gaal will need to address within his current squad as the Red Devils start to set their sights a little higher than merely securing a top-four finish in the Premier League.