Former crowd favourite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as caretaker manager until the end of the season and United's players responded with a resounding 5-1 victory over Cardiff City in his first game in charge.
Mourinho was sacked by the Old Trafford hierarchy last week after a humbling 3-1 loss to Premier League leaders Liverpool compounded a dispiriting start to the season.
But for now, the luxury of just being able to enjoy watching a side play with freedom and the attacking principles that have underpinned the club's history is enough to excite United fans again. And today I think it clicked really well and you saw a lot of that today - and a really special goal I feel in the third goal.
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A similar performance against Huddersfield Town at Old Trafford on Boxing Day would further transform the mood of supporters following a miserable five months under Jose Mourinho.
"It's about getting the players back on board - not that you should have to get players back on board as they should have pride in themselves".
"That's how we play, that's how we want to play".
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For the first time this season, United outran their opponents against Cardiff. "You should run more than them and then your skills will give you the chance to win the game".
"A Man United team should never ever be outworked", said Solskjaer to highlight the minimum he expects.
"I'm thinking about putting my name in there", the former goalkeeper said.
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The intensity has not only featured in the title race but also in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot. On both occasions it was Liverpool , in 2008 and 2014.
"There are a lot of families in the stands and we hope to add a good game to the party atmosphere".