What was all the fuss about?
Newcastle are 10th in the Premier League and 13 points clear of the relegation zone, after beating Arsenal 2-1 at St James's Park on Sunday.
It seems odd to think now, but the Magpies were fighting for their Premier League lives for much of the campaign and it's a huge testament to Rafael Benitez that he has steadied the ship.
Benitez, a Champions League winner with Liverpool, has reminded everybody of just how good a manager he is and Andros Townsend may justifiably feel a little a silly after leaving him in 2016.
Townsend left Newcastle to join Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace in a £13 million deal, after United were relegated into the Championship.
It looked a fair decision at the time, having been one of Benitez's best players, but fast forward two years and the former Tottenham product might be regretting the switch.
The 26-year-old hasn't really managed to replicate the standard under Pardew or Roy Hodgson that the Spanish manager drew from him.
Newcastle look certain to finish ahead of the Eagles - who sit six points clear of the drop zone - and you could forgive Townsend if he wished that he had stayed with Benitez because the future looks brighter at St James's than it does at Selhurst Park.