Sunderland boss Roy Keane paid tribute to Reds' fans after being given a hero's welcome on his return to Old Trafford on Saturday.
Despite losing out 1-0 to his former team, the ex-skipper was pleased with his side's dogged display and even more appreciative of the welcome afforded him by the Old Trafford faithful.
"I have to say the reception I got from the United fans was fantastic," he told Setanta Sports. "They've always been great to me and I appreciate that very much.
"It's small consolation at this moment in time because we lost the game. Nevertheless I'm very grateful because they've always given me nothing but great support."
Sunderland put up a brave fight throughout the ninety minutes, but threatened little up front, much to Keane's frustration.
"We would have been happier if we'd have tested Edwin van der Sar a bit more and to lose a goal on a set-piece is disappointing," he admitted. "But that's the nature of the Premier League, one mistake and you're punished.
"I told the players before the game to go out there and enjoy it and give 100 per cent. When you come to places like Old Trafford you have to enjoy it and I think the players did.
"Of course we're disappointed we didn't get anything out of it, but I was delighted with the players' attitude."