The calls for Ryan Giggs to replace both David Moyes and Louis van Gaal were embarrassingly premature.
Born out of sentiment and a preference for looking backwards, not forward, they were surely never seriously considered by those in power at Old Trafford.
Giggs is a club legend, but at that stage, he had never been a full-time manager. He did not have the experience required to turn around a juggernaut like United.
It remained to be seen whether he was serious about management, but he left the comfort of the punditry sofa to take on the Wales job.
The job in hand
Their run to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 was inspired by a conservative style of play, experienced campaigners and the magic of Gareth Bale.
Giggs was tasked with building something more sustainable, a style of play that could make Wales regulars of tournament football after they failed to qualify for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Early signs are goodGiggs has a talented group of young players coming through. They are raw but they represent his best hope of replacing Bale when he eventually exits the international scene.
He already has them playing attractive football; just as comfortable knocking the ball around as counter attacking with pace.
United fans had hoped this was what Giggs was capable of, but had no proof. The early signs are very good; he is now going the right way about taking the Old Trafford hotseat one day.