The timing was great. Here was a United team destroyed by Jose”s third-year toxicity and thumped by their great rivals Liverpool.
But best of all, here was a team that was playing Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth and Newcastle all neatly in a row.
It was hardly a baptism for fire for the Baby-faced Assassin. Seems like all the players needed was someone who would smile when coming into work and the place would be enjoyable again.
And the happiest person at Old Trafford seems to be that man Paul Pogba.
Reportedly called a virus by Jose, the World Cup winner suddenly looks like £100m again with the cancerous Special One now removed.
But this is not a case of anyone is better than Jose. United still need to find the right man for the task of taking this team into the future.
Obviously, Mauricio Pochettino looks a great fit after his work at Spurs and Southampton.
His Saints team gives Liverpool some quality backup and he has turned Spurs into a Champions League team.
Then there is Zinedine Zidane. You can’t argue with three Champions League title. But he was only in the job for two and a half years and never got Real Madrid close to the La Liga title.
Could he really be trusted with a team that is not yet full of the game’s elite?
It’s a massive job to build on Alex Ferguson’s legacy. Whoever gets the job will have to challenge on all fronts.