It is a club whose history drips with attacking flair. From the Busby Babes to Fergie's Fledglings plus a string of electrifying No. 7s like George Best, Eric Cantona and Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United has been a byword for swashbuckling football.
But the current vintage under Jose Mourinho has been an acquired taste although former Red Devil Teddy Sheringham believes the Portuguese manager has delivered results and will continue to do so even if artistry and genius are sacrificed.
The 51-year-old, who scored 31 goals in 104 league appearances for United, told The Straits Times yesterday afternoon: "I didn't enjoy watching Chelsea that much when he (Mourinho) was Chelsea manager but he gets results. He knows how to win football matches and to get success.
"The team is in a transitional period but they did win two trophies (League Cup and Europa League) last year. It's a tough job that Mourinho's got, it's the best club in the world and he's got to manage all the star players that he's got.
"It seems like he's amassing lots and lots of star players but he still doesn't seem quite sure what is his best team. But he's a winner and he will carry on until he gets there."
Sheringham was in Singapore to launch this year's JSSL's International 7s and Professional Academy 7s tournament. More than 4,000 youth players from 350 teams, including sides from United, Liverpool, Valencia, Fulham, Japan's Urawa Reds and Australia's Perth Glory, will participate in the April 28-30 event at the Padang.
After 26 league games, United lie second on 56 points but trail leaders Manchester City by a massive 13 points. Instead of criticising his former club, Sheringham said City deserved a lot of credit.
"City have raised the bar, they are exceptional and it's a joy to watch them play," the former England striker, who previously managed League Two club Stevenage and Indian Super League side ATK, said.
THE RIGHT STUFF
I know (Marcus) Rashford's only a young lad but I get really excited about watching him, whether he plays left, right or centre-forward, he is an exceptional talent.
TEDDY SHERINGHAM, who believes new Chilean signing Alexis Sanchez should be an automatic starter and that Marcus Rashford should be his first-choice partner.
"Pep Guardiola has come in with a fantastic attitude. He knows exactly what he wants and me, being a manager a couple of times, I know how hard it is to get exactly what you want from a team.
"I take my hat off to the way he organises the team, the way they all understand what they are meant to be doing and more often than not, his team put on a real performance."
Mourinho did enjoy a little victory over Guardiola during the January transfer window, snatching former Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez in a swop deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan from City's clutches.
Sheringham believes the Chilean should be an automatic starter and would pair him with a home-grown talent ahead of either Anthony Martial or Romelu Lukaku.
He said: "I know (Marcus) Rashford's only a young lad but I get really excited about watching him, whether he plays left, right or centre-forward, he is an exceptional talent.
"If you pair him with Sanchez, it would be fantastic. Lukaku gives you something, he scores a decent amount of goals without being prolific. He's robust but not as polished as past centre-forwards at Manchester United but he scores goals and gets results."
While City look set to run away with the title, Sheringham remained optimistic. He said: "United need to get back to winning ways and they are doing that under Mourinho. You have to measure it a little bit... whether you want success or you want beautiful football.
"Does one come without the other or the other one first? It's chicken and egg. At the moment, you are getting one out of the two - results and winning trophies.
"So it's not all bad for Manchester United and a lot of clubs would want to be like that."