Licensee Simon Delaney proved that he's a special one by receiving an award from another great manager, Jose Mourinho.

Simon, who has been the landlord at The Firbank in Wythenshawe for 22 years, has won BT Sport's Manager of the Month prize for October.

Judges praised the family-friendly atmosphere he generates at the community pub and for pulling out all the stops for fans of both Manchester City and Manchester United.

Old Trafford season ticket holder Simon was handed the award by the original special one at United's training ground in Carrington last week.

Simon said: "It was amazing to meet Jose Mourinho. It was a bit surreal, but he was incredibly warm and friendly and he gave me a big hug and a high five. Winning awards is great, but this was the icing on the cake."

He added: "The Man United fan in me says this should be a Man Utd pub, that's what normally happens with landlords and I get some flak for flying the red and blue flags. That's the landlord in me because it makes massive sense business wise."

As part of his prize, Simon also won a 4K TV to further enhance the viewing experience at the pub.

BT Sport launched the monthly scheme to highlight the great work of licensees.

The nomination process for the November BT Sport Manager of the Month is now underway. Customers can nominate licensees and managers they think are worthy of winning by tweeting @BTSportBars using the hashtag #BTMOTM.