For the neutrals - and that includes me - it was a terrific Manchester derby. After a weekend of fairly poor offerings right through the P Lge we needed it as well.
I thought United were top class. Full of energy. They moved the ball quickly. They weren't afraid to 'pass' long! They had width and we're always a threat. And a threat from many different areas.
Van Gaal has talked all season about players and supporters alike getting used to his philosophy. But what is that? Well, at different times this season it's been a back 3. It's been a diamond. It's all been about possession - sideways and backwards if necessary. It's been about him.
For some time now his senior professionals - and others with 'United' in their DNA - have been trying to persuade him differently.
After the weekend maybe he'll start listening.
Sometimes in football you get lucky. To be successful you HAVE to be lucky as well as good.
Whose philosophy was on show at Old Trafford this weekend? I'll tell you - Busby's. Docherty's. Atkinson's. Fergie's. United were a throw back. All through the years they've played with wingers. They've played with pace and a threat. They've moved the ball quickly. And they've played with a back 4!!
More through luck than judgement Van Gaal has got a team that United fans recognise.
Rooney looks happy. Young and Valencia provide width. Carrick has brought stability again. I admit I've never been a huge fan, but nor have a couple of England managers. He doesn't do enough for me. He doesn't get enough goals, but right now he's playing really well and doing all that's been asked of him.
I don't fancy Jones or Smalling long term. I'm certain it's an area United will strengthen in the summer, but it's ok to finish the season with. Herrera looks settled (a deal Moyes had set up by the way!) and Blind (Van Gaal's only signing in the team right now) is a better full back than he is central midfield player. So here's hoping Van Gaal's ego will allow him to accept what's best for United, not him, and we see more of what we did in the derby. My son would love that!
Van Persie, by the way, is finished at United. He'll go this summer. So will Falcao. Di Maria might just be surplus to requirements as well. In fact, I expect the 'exit' door to be swinging quite a lot.
What more is there to say about City that I haven't already? Only this. I'm told that if Pellegrini makes the C Lge he'll be safe. The catch is that he'll have to finish in the top 3. Top 4 might not be good enough. So what then?
City are convinced they can get Guardiola the season after next. If Pellegrini goes, who gets the job? Well it's not beyond the realms of possibility that Vieira might be asked to fill in - despite the fact that he doesn't have the correct coaching qualifications. He's currently working to get his badges on a Welsh FA course.
Either way City will be treading water for me. And it's a huge gamble. Who'll be buying and selling?
Day by day the folly of sacking Mancini becomes more obvious. I haven't changed my view on this subject since he left, but I notice others are beginning to change theirs. I'm told there was quite a lively conversation on the subject on Sky's Sunday Supplement. Most round the table are now agreeing with me. And here's something else I've said since Mancini's left - that dressing room sure knows how to get a manager the sack.
If you want a good sports book to read try 'Men in White Suits', written by Simon Hughes. There's an extract in The Telegraph today - John Scales talking openly about how the 'Spice Boys' sent Liverpool into decline. It's not much different to the things he told me and Andy about that era when he was kind enough to join us on our TalkSPORT show. The irony for me is that the ring leader of that group now has so much to say about 'everything', as Graeme Souness would say!
Delighted for Tim Sherwood and Villa. Great result. And I called it! In fact I had a pretty good weekend on that front. Check out our column in Sport360.
But what of Spurs? They're now two points worse off than they were at this very same stage last season. Progress? Not for me. There's never been any really at Spurs during the entire P Lge years. Who do we blame for that - Daniel Levy or Alan Sugar?
I'm also really pleased to see Leicester making a go of it at the bottom. I like Nigel Pearson and his assistant Steve Walsh (Mickey's brother, not the X-centre half). They're honest guys and they might just get out of trouble.
I'm really concerned about Hull now. They've got a tough finish and they've hit the wall at the wrong time.
Sunderland are back in trouble. The derby win was timely, and maybe persuaded too many that it was going be ok after all. Wrong. They're in a real battle. The bottom line, of course, is that they're at the bottom because they're not very good and the 'Little General' doesn't have a quick fix.
What's happened to WBA? It's four defeats in their last five now. They won't go down, but Tony Pulis knows there's work to do - especially at the back.
QPR look doomed. I was gutted for Chris Ramsey. His team had done so well against Chelsea and they deserved better. But, Chelsea did what champions do. They'll win it now I'm sure. In fact, if they win their next three that will do. But I don't think they will. They play Arsenal and Man Utd in that sequence. They don't HAVE to win those games. Mourinho knows he CAN'T lose them, so he'll set up to make sure he doesn't. A lesson Brendan Rodgers would do well to learn in case he finds himself in the situation he was in last season again. He didn't HAVE to beat Chelsea. A point would've done.
And least surprising admission his weekend? Turns out good old 'Arry didn't leave QPR because of bad knees after all. How do we know this? In case you missed it, he told the BBC in an interview for Football Focus.
He left, he now says, because QPR were a 'circus of a club'. Really? Who was the ringleader of the circus if that was true? Yes - you 'Arry. Whatever little credibility 'Arry had left is shot to pieces after this. Surely even his most ardent supporters can see that now? And surely he'd be best going quietly into retirement where he can't inflict damage on anymore clubs.