It was fitting that in a week of glory for British heavyweight boxing, a man named Bruno delivered the knockout blow for Manchester United in the Europa League Round of 32.
This was more undercard than top of the bill, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side put in a top performance to inspire some encouragement that headline days could return to Old Trafford sooner rather than later.
United took apart Club Brugge with clinical ease, with Bruno Fernandes at the heart of everything good. The difference between him being in and out of the United team is as clear as night and day; the schemer dictates a tempo and urgency that the supporters have been crying out for.
That translated into a pulsating opening where the hosts went hell-for-leather to put the tie to bed early on. Fernandes had two early chances which Simon Mignolet had to save; this ambitious approach left United open to the counter and Brugge almost scored from one break, but Mats Rits fired over.
It seemed only a matter of time until the first goal and it duly arrived in the 27th minute. In the 23rd, Brugge defender Deli pulled off a full-stretch save to deny Daniel James. It was a clear penalty, but the referee took an unnecessarily long time to study VAR and conclude that yes, it was a denial of a goalscoring opportunity and a red card.
Fernandes took the same theatrical run up to the spot-kick as he did at the weekend, this time putting the ball in the other corner, thus proving this writer - who felt such an approach could only end with the ball naturally going the other way - wrong.
The floodgates duly opened. Scott McTominay and James - who had just combined to create a chance - were at the heart of another move. Fernandes received the ball and clipped it to Juan Mata, who pulled it back for Odion Ighalo to net his first United goal. The Old Trafford crowd have taken to Ighalo; it was one of the most popular goals of the campaign thus far.