Jose Mourinho and former mentor Louis van Gaal
Mourinho's appointment as Red Devils boss at the end of last season meant an extended wait for the world's press and indeed the club's legion of fans to hear from the Portuguese.
Van Gaal ended his time at Old Trafford on a high with the FA Cup win over Crystal Palace.
But the writing was always on the wall given the intense speculation that had gathered momentum due to United's fifth place finish in the Premier League and subsequent failure to qualify for the Champions League.
Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal looks dejected
Writing was always on the wall
The Dutchman endured a frosty relationship with the English press during his time with the Red Devils and often claimed he was managing a side in transition.
As a result he regularly told the press the club's aim was to qualify for the Champions League while many fans felt it showed a lack of ambition and belied the club's proud history.
Owen says Mourinho has shown van Gaal up
And now after just one press conference former United striker Owen says Mourinho has already shown van Gaal up.
"Interesting words from Mourinho," Owen posted on Twitter.
"'Fourth place isn't the aim'. Can't believe van Gaal convinced so many people that fourth would constitute success."
Interesting words from Mourinho. '4th place isn't the aim'. Can't believe Van Gaal convinced so many people tha... https://t.co/9BTejpG2O3— michael owen (@themichaelowen) July 5, 2016
Owen is often ridiculed in his new-found role as a pundit but he makes a salient point.
New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho
Mourinho ambition more in tune with Red Devils' traditions
Van Gaal spent around a quarter of a billion pounds during his time in charge and in the end only had an FA Cup to show for it.
By playing down his side's aims, whatever he privately believed, it did him few favours with the demanding Old Trafford crowd.
While they, like Owen, will undoubtedly prefer Mourinho's bullish approach, the self-styled 'Special One' has heaped pressure on himself as a result.
And after his fall from grace at Chelsea last season it will be fascinating to see how it pans out.