Jose Mourinho had a comfortable introduction to life as Manchester United manager at Wigan.
And he said before playing Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai it might benefit his team to play in 'difficult conditions' .
As is often the case with Mourinho, he got what he wanted.
He said in his pre-match press conference a tough experience would help his team deal with adversity when they meet it next season.
But he will hope they are never 3-0 down after 56 minutes, as they were in the Shanghai Stadium in front of a sparse crowd of enthusiastic Chinese fans.
United started with Antonio Valencia at right-back with Daley Blind and Ander Herrera in midfield and a front three of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata behind centre forward Memphis Depay.
It didn't work. By the time United walked off at half-time they were already 2-0 down. More than that, the only thing they had to show for 45 minutes of running around in unrelenting heat was Depay's tame shot after 23 minutes. Roman Weidenfeller could have gathered it with his eyes closed.
Dortmund, as Mourinho pointed out before the game, returned to training two weeks before United. And, in the first half, it was obvious.
Gonzalo Castro gave the German side the lead after 18 minutes. Sam Johnstone did little to further his chances of ousting Sergio Romero as the No.2 goalkeeper by fumbling Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's long-range free-kick.
Eric Bailly failed to clear the rebound and Castro turned in a scrappy opener. During a water break after 30 minutes, the United fans behind Johnstone's goal broke into a chant of 'Glory, glory Man United' accompanied by rapid clapping with inflatable sticks.
But it did little to inspire the players.
Four minutes later, they were two down. Valencia, captain for the day, was adjudged to have handled in the penalty area and Aubameyang scored from the spot.
It would have been worse had Johnstone not made a good save from Ousmane Dembele after Phil Jones had been caught under a long ball.
Mourinho, animated and excitable on the touchline at the DW Stadium on Saturday, watched grim-faced, arms folded.
By half-time he had seen enough of Johnstone, Jones, Lingard and Memphis. On came Romero, Ashley Young, Marcos Rojo and Marcus Rashford.
Rojo and Rashford had differing fortunes.
Rojo had only been on the pitch 10 minutes when Dembele turned him inside out on the edge of the box and thumped his shot past Romero.
Rashford, though, was bright and lively up front.
It was the 18-year-old's dummy that created United's goal. His clever shimmy sent Mata through and the Spaniard squared a pass to Mkhitaryan to tap into an empty net.
The Chinese fans roared with approval in a way that made you forget, briefly, that it was already 3-0.
Mkhitaryan went off shortly afterwards, replaced by Adnan Januzaj wearing his new No.15shirt.
When the Belgian was forced out of play in the closing moments, Mourinho retrieved the ball with a back heel. That it drew the second biggest cheer of the night told you everything about how United had played. Castro got his second and Dortmund's fourth five minutes from time.