Phil Neville believes Manchester United must win Saturday's match against the A-League All Stars in the second game of the Tour 2013 presented by Aon.
The new Reds coach feels it's important to bounce back from the defeat against the Singha All Stars in Bangkok last weekend after a productive week of training in Sydney. "The expectation is we've got to win," asserted Neville in MUTV's Inside The Tour programme. "We lost in Thailand the other day and Manchester United have to win every game we play in.
"Every time we play someone, they want to knock us and beat us and it's something the manager will have to get used to even more. It's the Manchester United way.
"But the foundations that were left are solid and strong. The club is in unbelievable shape with a young squad and experience at the top end that can keep on passing on the right messages."
The pre-season friendlies are all part of the build-up to the 2013/2014 Barclays Premier League season when the Reds' rivals will be out to steal the champions' crown after a summer of big spending in some quarters.
"I'm really excited about the start of the season," Neville explained. "You prepare all pre-season to win against Swansea in the first game. When I was at the club, the Community Shield was a very important medal you wanted to win. We still want to win it now but it's a pre-season game nowadays and we need to be ready for Swansea to hit the ground running.
"I think it's important for the manager himself to get off to a good start and for the club as it's going to be difficult at times for the fans to look over to the dug-out and not see Sir Alex but David Moyes as the Manchester United manager.