Sir Alex Ferguson believes Brendan Rodgers has to be under consideration for the manager of the year award after praising the way he has stuck to his principles at Swansea City.
Rodgers guided the Swans out of the Championship last season via the play-offs on the back of a pass-and-move brand of football which has continued in the Premier League.
The Northern Irishman has been rewarded with an impressive set of results and performances from his team, which has included home wins over Arsenal and Manchester City.
He has also been linked with the Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur managerial positions after ensuring Swansea will be playing top-flight football again next term.
Swansea head to Old Trafford on Sunday and Manchester United manager Ferguson has praised the achievements of his side's weekend opponents.
"The way Swansea have played this season has been admirable," said Ferguson.
"They have played some fantastic attacking football. Their manager has insisted on that and stuck by his principles.
"They have had a fantastic season. They look as if they are enjoying their game. They all want the ball and want to play.
"When you talk about how you pick manager of the year, there always has to be a consideration about the resources.
"Brendan Rodgers came out of the Championship and only brought two players in, Danny Graham from Watford and Gylfi Sigurdsson from Germany, and even that was not for a big financial outlay.
"He stuck by the players who got them into the Premier League and they have rewarded him."