Chris Wilder has thanked United's owners for their continued backing following promotion to the Premier League.
An emotional boss spoke honestly and openly following the season finale at Stoke City on Sunday.
He remarked: "I'd like to thank my family, my wife and all my friends who have supported me personally.
"Our supporters have been amazing, and I must thank the owners too. When I walked off the pitch at Bristol City last season, I thought that was me, I didn't think there was anyway back.
"But the owners have put aside their differences and put the club first. We talked about what needed to happen to improve on a real good first year back, but I said to Alan (Knill), I thought it would be the last time we walked out together in front of those fabulous supporters.
"I'm glad I didn't and now I must thank Kevin (McCabe) and Prince (Abdullah), they deserve an enormous amount of credit and obviously promotion is for them, as it is for the players and the supporters."
Wilder added: "It was an amazing feeling standing there (at Stoke), I'm living the dream and that of my pals to have an opportunity to affect this football, myself and Alan have pointed it in the right direction from not a very good place.
"To get it back to the Premier League in the manner we have is a pat on the back to teamwork, staff working tirelessly and players leaving everything on the pitch, they always give me everything."