Former Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has tipped Jose Mourinho to create a positive vibe around ​Manchester United in order to have a fruitful season. 

United failed to secure another central defender to their ranks, despite chasing Leicester City's Harry Maguire and Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld all summer. They even launched a desperate Deadline Day bid for Diego Godin, only to be blatantly rejected by the Uruguayan. 

Sherwood believes it's up to Mourinho to get the best out of his players as United prepare to mount a title challenge. 

Speaking on The Debate, he told host Kelly Cates: "Most managers don't spend the amount of money in a lifetime that he has in the last two seasons. He's been very fortunate to have been given the funds at one of the biggest clubs in the world, so I can't understand why any manager, with that backing, is ever disgruntled," as quoted by Sky Sports

"I think Jose needs to get in front of the camera in a press conference and send a message to the players saying, 'This is what we've got, I believe in you and we will push Man City a lot closer this season.'" 

"As a manager, when you sit in front of the media, you are not only talking to your fans and players, you are also talking to the board and I think he's got to stop talking to the board now. There's nothing you can do now, the window is closed, he has to carry on, knuckle down and get the best results for his club. He needs to send out a positive vibe."

"He's got [Victor] Lindelof, [Eric] Bailly, [Chris] Smalling or [Phil] Jones, they are all international footballers and they are now thinking that they aren't really wanted there. The manager tried to sign a centre-back, wasn't allowed to do it and he's almost been left with us. Now is the time to knuckle down and get on with it and start sending a positive message about the whole club."

United finished 19 points adrift of the first ever Premier League centurions, Manchester City last season. The Red Devils kick-start the new campaign, tonight, facing Leicester City at Old Trafford.