Manchester United manager David Moyes was relieved to open his first Premier League campaign with the defending champions with an impressive 4-1 win over Swansea.
Robin van Persie's double, with two also for Danny Welbeck, ensured Moyes avoided a potential banana skin at the Liberty Stadium, before Wilfried Bony netted a consolation.
When asked if the scoreline was a relief, Moyes said: "Yeah it is because you always want to win your games and as manager of Manchester United the job is to win the games. The players did that today. Swansea had a lot of the ball and they passed it very well and are very well managed under Michael Laudrup but we limited to them to few opportunities. We could have played better at times but we're happy to win 4-1.''
One of the big talking points ahead of kick-off is the future of United striker Wayne Rooney. Moyes gave a big hint that the England forward could be set to remain at Old Trafford this season as he started him from the bench, with Rooney claiming the assist for the Dutchman's second.
Rooney was introduced for the final half-hour and given his desire to join Chelsea, it must have been heartening for the striker to receive a warm ovation from the United fans.
It remains to be seen whether it is enough to change Rooney's view, although given United's steadfast 'not for sale' stance, that may not count for much anyway.
"He got 65 minutes in the game against Scotland and I felt he could do a job today if he came in,'' Moyes told Sky Sports 1. "He's not ready yet physically as he's not done a lot of training but he came on and had a great run. It will be great for Wayne to get those minutes on the pitch. People know good players and Wayne is a good player and people want them in your team.''
Moyes added: "When you cross that white line it is very difficult not to be committed. Lots of people are judging you. When you cross that white line it is up to you. I thought he was incredibly committed for the team and helped set up two goals.
"He made a great run which opened up the chance for Robin to move the ball onto his left foot for his goal and the ball he slipped through for Danny was well weighted. He helped the team today in getting the result.''
United's supporters also backed the forward, chanting his name both as he warmed up and on his arrival into the fray.
"The supporters recognise good players,'' said Moyes. "They do that at Manchester United. They recognised that when Wayne came on. He is a good player and he showed that with some of the actions he did in the game.''
Worryingly, though, he did pick up a knock, although he does have nine days to recover before United's blockbuster showdown with Jose Mourinho's Chelsea on August 26.
"He got a kick,'' said Moyes. "It was quite a bad one down the back of his Achilles. He is still lacking match practice but I gave him another 30 minutes today and that will bring him on.''
Moyes was equally happy with the contribution of his goalscoring forwards.
As a back-to-back Golden Boot winner, Van Persie already has four for the season following his double in last week's Community Shield win over Wigan.
Welbeck, meanwhile, has doubled his meagre league tally from last season, with Moyes particularly impressed by the tap-in from Antonio Valencia's cross for his first.
"I think Danny's goal against Scotland might have helped lift his confidence,'' said Moyes. "His goals were really good. I was more pleased with the first one. If you are going to be a centre forward you need to get tap ins. He was in the right spot to score. Robin has been a pleasure to work with. I have really enjoyed seeing him in action. You might think how good can he get? But he is someone who wants to keep working to get better and find new ways of scoring goals.''
Moyes confirmed he still hopes to add to his squad before the transfer window closes but that: "I couldn't say, yes, there is something on the horizon.''
He also confirmed former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson had been in touch prior to kick-off.
"He texted me before the game to wish me good luck,'' said Moyes. "He was complaining about a tip he got for a horse.''
But the ex-Everton man admitted: "I didn't feel any different. I came to do a job I have been doing for a long time. The colours of the team were different but I was doing what I have been doing for a lot of years now.''
Van Persie's contribution was sublime, hooking in the opener before smashing home a 20-yard effort 17 minutes from time, and the Dutchman was also delighted to get off to a winning start.
"It is the first game of the league away from home. They are a great team the way they play. I love the way they play and they are very hard to play at times. It is a big win,'' he told Sky Sports 1. "The first goal changed the game and we got the second shortly after so it helped us. The first one I had a touch and felt at the time it was quite heavy so I had to take it [the shot] as high as possible The first game of the season you just don't want to lose. We worked very hard so I'm very pleased.''
For Swansea boss Michael Laudrup it was a chastening experience, with the only consolation being a goal on his debut for record signing Wilfried Bony.
"Our plan was to put Manchester United under pressure,'' said Laudrup. "It succeeded quite well until the 33rd minute. Van Persie didn't touch so many things and suddenly you saw the difference. To concede two in two minutes against Manchester United is too much. Once he got the third we knew it was game over. They got a lot of confidence. Once a team like Manchester United gets more confidence they can play the ball around like that.''