United made a merciless start to the defence of the Manchester Senior Cup, obliterating Bury 5-0 at Moss Lane.
Sam Hewson opened the scoring, a brace from Kiko Macheda and a Cameron Stewart strike made the game safe, before Scott Moffatt rounded off the result to put almost 18 injury-plagued months to bed.
United goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler was a spectator all evening, so comprehensive was the Reds' victory, and Hewson set the ball rolling with just five minutes on the clock. Ritchie De Laet embarked on the first of many winding runs forward before teeing up Oliver Norwood, whose beautifully disguised pass found Hewson, and he had enough time for two touches before stabbing home his effort.
Whereas Monday's league win over Bolton slowed after an early goal, the Reds continued to press throughout the first half, and the lead was soon doubled from the spot, with Macheda stroking the ball home.
The Italian had a big role in the third goal too, plugging away down the left before crossing for Stewart, who took a touch and thumped home a left-footed strike. The pair switched roles early in the second half. Magnus Eikrem found Stewart on the right, and the winger's pinpoint centre was emphatically nodded into the bottom corner by