1. Tracksuit manager: David Moyes has insisted he will not change his approach as Manchester United manager, but after donning a suit at Wembley for last week's Community Shield, he was back to the tracksuit and trainers he wore during his 11 years at Everton. Small details make a difference.
Had he gone down the Sir Alex Ferguson route with a tie and blazer, Moyes could have been accused of trying too hard to copy his predecessor. The tracksuit shows that he will do this job his way.
2. Cleverly no Fabregas: United are continuing to pursue attempts to lure Cesc Fabregas to Old Trafford from Barcelona and it is fair to assume that Tom Cleverley would be most at risk should the Spaniard arrive from the Nou Camp.
Moyes has persisted with Cleverley alongside Michael Carrick in midfield this pre-season, but while the England player has an eye for a pass, he lacks defensive discipline and fades towards the end of games. Fabregas would give United the adventure that Cleverley currently fails to deliver.
3. Welbeck needs patience: Danny Welbeck's return of just one Premier League goal last season does not offer a fair reflection of the forward's contribution - as he showed yesterday by doubling that tally in just one game.
The first-half goal he scored, from Antonio Valencia's cross, may prove crucial for his confidence - a point proved by his delicately taken second - but prior to his first strike his industry was let down by poor judgment when in key areas.
On one occasion, Moyes was visibly annoyed on the touchline when Welbeck failed to spot Ryan Giggs in a goalscoring position, but patience may see the youngster smooth off his rough edges.
4. Rooney cannot play the 'fans don't want me card': Wayne Rooney's touchline warm-up on 57 minutes may prove a pivotal moment in his attempts to leave Old Trafford.
Rather than jeer or ignore the transfer-seeking forward, United's travelling supporters applauded Rooney and chanted his name, at once killing off the prospect of him forcing a move on the grounds of negativity from the fans. Rooney failed to celebrate Robin van Persie's 73rd-minute goal, though, so there is clearly still work to be done on his part.
5. Ferdinand and Vidic still peerless at the back: When Nemanja Vidic revealed his dwindling contract status earlier this week, the reality that both Vidic and Rio Ferdinand could leave United next summer should have set alarm bells ringing.
Both players are out of contract at the end of the season, but against Michu and then Wilfried Bony in the second half, the two defensive rocks of United's 2008 Champions League success showed why their presence is likely to remain crucial to the club beyond this summer.
Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling all have potential, but none is yet in the same class as Ferdinand and Vidic.