Jesse Lingard, Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial scored for Manchester United in a 3-0 win over Stoke City at Old Trafford.
On the anniversary of the 1958 Munich Disaster, United marked the poignant occasion with some of the attacking flair that is the hallmark of the club.
It seemed that it was true that United players were, as they claimed about the match against Derby, now allowed to play with more freedom. Jesse Lingard put United ahead from Cameron Borthwick-Jackson’s cross, and Anthony Martial made it two after a sweeping counter attack.
In the second half, United extended their advantage when Wayne Rooney tapped in at the back post, minutes after having an effort disallowed.
Ryan Giggs was conspicuous by his absence to Louis van Gaal’s left, away on compassionate leave, but it was noticeable that this was a much more impressive performance than most during his time as assistant manager. Van Gaal has finally got a Premier League win and some first-half goals. Now he must build on it.