The first half at the DW Stadium was very much the pre-season affair, with few clear cut chances as both sides looked to shake off their rust and find some rhythm.
The Portuguese rang in the changes at the break when he brought on seven substitutes and it took only three minutes for the first goal to come, when Juan Mata blocked a poor Jussi Jasskelainen clearance into Will Keane’s path, who slotted home into an empty net.
Minutes later fellow sub Andreas Pereira doubled the lead with a thumping shot on the turn and the Red Devils were rarely troubled thereafter as the Special One opened up in perfect fashion.
But what did we learn from Mourinho’s first game as Manchester United boss?
Despite starting through the middle he has the nous and wherewithal to shift out of that zone when the time is right and time and again showed a subtlety and vision that has been sorely lacking from United’s midfield of late.
Wayne Rooney perhaps projects as the incumbent in that behind-the-striker position should Mourinho choose to go with a 4-2-3-1 going forward.
But on this evidence – granted only 45 minutes’ evidence – Mkhitaryan should be well in the conversation to usurp him.