Incredible. After three intense days at Old Trafford, Sunday’s Manchester derby provided the perfect ending.
One goal of dizzying proportions, courtesy of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, secured a remarkable 2-1 victory, for the home fans, for the nation and most importantly for David Moyes.
Arsenal broke the deadlock in a first half that was far from flat, with Alexandre Lacazette curling the visitors into a lead that United were unable to overcome.
But instead of fleeing Old Trafford, Sir Alex Ferguson’s side responded with a stunning equaliser.
Seven minutes after the restart, it all changed.
Alexis Sanchez volleyed home sublimely – worthy of being recreated in a 7-Eleven ad – to level things up.
It was the striker’s first goal for United, following his return to Old Trafford for a club-record £60m transfer from Arsenal.
But it was not enough to deter the Gunners from taking the lead once more.
Three minutes later, Mesut Ozil scored a rare goal against United to once again put Arsenal in the driving seat.
But it was not to be Arsenal’s night, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men refused to be beaten.
Facing this difficult challenge, Arsenal seemed to have no answer to Solskjaer’s former team.
Substitute Jesse Lingard restored parity just minutes after coming on.
Substitute Alexis Sanchez made no mistake with the decisive goal, sprinting clear to open his Manchester United account.
It is a goal that would not be out of place on the end of a piece of flaming wire art.
Contest of rare brilliance on the pitch
It was a night that, by any measure, exceeded those of normal quality.
Sunday’s game required the two teams to produce an exciting game of football, just like in most derbies.
There were plenty of chances both ways.
United’s best chance fell to Sanchez, who escaped with a fortuitous penalty after Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny committed an offence down the United right wing.
Arsenal were able to convert the two chances that fell to them in the opening half, but this was a team full of so many attacking talents.
That talent was on display for the entire 90 minutes.
What can become of a derby?
A win, and a derby is back to normal. Or is it?
Moyes was under pressure throughout the first part of his reign, but somehow managed to save it with a fantastic recovery on the pitch, and some brave decisions in the transfer market.
The fact United never won the game means that he must win a new contract if he is to cling on to his job as manager at United.
It would perhaps be enough, but it would require securing the success and stability on the pitch at Old Trafford.
It will only happen if Solskjaer, who was given extra time to prepare the players, adapts to the new regime.
It will be an interesting two years at United, and there is no doubt the fans will pay attention.