This win, in fact, offered the type of intensity that first justified it.
Jose Mourinho sent on Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Marcus Rashford but the game was already won as Manchester United ran out 2-0 winners and back to fifth position on the premier league table.
The England worldwide was on the mark this past weekend with a crucial goal in the 2-0 win over Chelsea, with the result keeping United's hopes of a top four finish in the Premier League alive. It was that emphatic, that reminiscent of his best.
But for United, it was a massive boost to their top four hopes.
"I think we had very good performances".
"I am looking to play as many games as I can between now and the end of the season".
"We gave them double problems. I am very happy", he said after the victory at Old Trafford.
"The satisfaction is for different reasons".
Premier League leaders Chelsea failed to register a shot on target as Man United sealed the home victory.
"One is the Europa League and the second is to finish in the top four because I think playing in the Champions League is a very good objective for next season".
It was only United's second win this season over one of the other teams in the top six, following November's 1-0 success against an off-colour Spurs.
"I have the same question downstairs".
"We know that it will be a hard game but we play at home, in front of our fans", Darmian said of Thursday's second leg. He plays every game, on the right on the left in one striker in two strikers.
"For his education this is a phenomenal season with an unbelievable range of different experiences".
Tottenham doesn't look like letting up, though, after winning its last seven games and scoring 22 goals in the process. Even today he does not score the first.
-? (@TheUtdReview) April 16, 2017Clean sheet is very important for United in this big game.
The centre-back refuses to panic just yet, though, and wants Chelsea to show what they are made of in this weekend's FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham. "The league is open and we have a 50 percent probability to win [the title]".
"A lot has been said about how we want to finish fourth but I am that kind of person who wants to achieve more than that".