PHOTO: Sir Alex Ferguson finally smiling at Old Trafford

The former Manchester United boss was pictured in the stands during the 4-0 drubbing of Queens Park Rangers.

Since retiring from football management, Sir Alex Ferguson has endured a few painful visits to Old Trafford, to say the least.

He was there when Manchester United lost 3-0 to Liverpool and numerous other occasions when David Moyes could not muster a result against what would be considered inferior opposition in Fergie's day.

And the pattern seemed to continue this season, when Louis van Gaal took the reins at United but failed to register a win in his first three Premier League games.

But Sunday was different. Indeed, United finally won under Van Gaal and the likes of Angel Di Maria, Daley Blind and more showed what they are capable of - admittedly against a disastrously poor QPR side.

A win is a win, however, regardless of the opposition. And that's why Ferguson was finally pictured smiling in the stands at Old Trafford during Man United's emphatic victory.

The approach taken by Van Gaal, of course, somewhat contradicts some of the Scot's principles during his time in Manchester. Fergie preferred to coach younger players, even if he did spend the odd record transfer fee himself.

By contrast, the Dutchman has been allowed to bring in big-name signings en masse in Di Maria, Ander Herrera, Radamel Falcao and more.

If that's what it takes to bring a winning feeling back to the Theatre of Dreams, though, few will complain in the grand scheme of things - and Ferguson will likely keep smiling for a long time to come.

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