It had been a long time coming, but finally on Thursday afternoon Louis van Gaal strode onto the stage to take questions not as coach of the Netherlands but as the manager of Manchester United.
He did not disappoint, referring to the fact that it had been a dream of his to manage the club, that there was never any question of him taking a break between jobs and that the playing squad would all have the chance to impress him in the weeks ahead.
There was no big revelation, no announcement of a mega-money signing such as Arturo Vidal or Mats Hummels, but the event was in stark contrast to David Moyes' first press conference in the same role.
Van Gaal emits not just confidence but also experience. And yet there is a glimmer of humility that bodes well for United as they enter this new phase in their history.
The 62-year-old Dutchman is the manager many fans wanted. And now they have him. So what did they think of his first role as United boss?
After the press conference, we took to Twitter to see what United fans had to say, and below you can find a selection of what we found:
[Picture] Louis van Gaal delivered a fascinating press conference; commanding and honest. #MUFC— AMANYA DANNY (@amanyadanny2) July 17, 2014
Louis van Gaal as our manager, part of the Class of '92 as our backroom staff and hopefully more signings. Things are looking good! #MUFC— Hannah (@Little_Aig) July 17, 2014
Louis van gaal, what a guy— Brian (@tombshift) July 17, 2014
Totally different press conference to when David Moyes took charge a year ago. Louis van Gaal is captivating his audience. #GGMU— вов (@SirBobz) July 17, 2014
United fans are bouncing of walls after Louis Van Gaal speech.#mufc— Tony (@TonyTonypage6) July 17, 2014
Louis Van Gaal's confidence in his first press conference has given me confidence. He's the one to get us winning trophies once again #MUFC— (@artametroline) July 17, 2014
Well I thought he (Louis Van Gaal ) came across well and showed that there won't be any of the Antics that destroyed the Club Last season— The Greatest Ever (@Ryanquinn2012) July 17, 2014
That was some interview by LOUIS VAN GAAL! our boss! <3 #mufc— Tanmay Mali (@ThatUglyLife) July 17, 2014