Not the immediate view to his right of the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand at Old Trafford, with the words “Manchester United” — the club Neville supported, represented and captained — emblazoned in neon red.
Hotel Football, the stylish establishment Neville and several of his former United teammates opened across the street from Old Trafford last year, is sold out.
If United and City’s matching flawless starts to the Premier League season were not enough, then the slew of subplots — particularly the first meeting on English soil between City’s new manager, Pep Guardiola, and his United rival, José Mourinho, soccer’s repelling poles — have turned the game into a must-see event.
The revival of the spirit, though, has come from elsewhere.
Music led the way, with the so-called Madchester era of the late 1980s — centered on the Hacienda nightclub, and bands like Happy Mondays and the Stone Roses — turning the city’s public image on its head.