There was no sign of the slow, tentative play United exhibited under Moyes. Instead, it was like the 1990s all over again.
United played with fluency, width and potency – all components of the Manchester United ‘philosophy’ Giggs had talked about with so much pride before kick-off.
There was a clear attempt to make a break from the Moyes era.
The ‘Chosen One’ banner had gone, Moyes’ big summer signing Marouane Fellaini was not even on the bench, and United fans sang the name of their new manager throughout.
Giggs was hailed like a Hollywood star throughout the match by the home crowd – many of whom will want the Welshman to take the job ahead of Louis van Gaal, who is the front runner to replace Moyes.
The home fans cheered their team on as they emerged from the tunnel for the first time since Moyes’ departure.
But they reserved their greatest cheer for Giggs, who responded by saluting all four corners of the ground as he confidently strode down the touch line just after his coaches Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Phil Neville.
Just after Norwich had a Jonny Howson goal ruled out for a foul in the build up, United had their first chance when Danny Welbeck slammed a powerful half-volley at John Ruddy, who punched the ball away.
Old Trafford was quiet. The only noise came from a group of season ticket holders who held up a banner protesting about the singing section which will be introduced in their block next year.
Another banner then appeared – this time trailed from a plane overhead. The message read "Thank U Moyes". Who paid for the plane was unclear.
Back on terra firma United were still struggling. Tom Cleverley swung his right leg at the ball and missed.
The tempo increased just before the break. Shinji Kagawa turned home Phil Jones’ cross, but it was ruled out for offside. Antonio Valencia then belted a low ball at Ruddy which he saved.
The increased pressure resulted in United winning a penalty. Steven Whittaker pulled Welbeck back and Rooney drove a low shot past Ruddy.
United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward – the man in charge of finding Moyes’ successor – rose to his feet and Old Trafford rocked again.
Less than three minutes after the restart, United were 2-0 up thanks to some inept defending from Norwich.
Four defenders failed to come out to challenge Rooney, who, despite slipping, curled a right-footed shot past Ruddy and into the net off the far post.
Ruddy fumed at his defenders for backing off. Moments later he was at full stretch to deny Welbeck as United upped the pressure.
Sir Alex Ferguson and many more United fans got to their feet to clap Welbeck off on the hour as he was replaced by Mata.
Three minutes later Mata found the net as he turned home Jones’ cross from close-range.
Soon after Mata had his second after he nodded home Antonio Valencia’s shot from close range.
Substitute Javier Hernandez should have made it 5-0 late on.
Martin Olsson’s deflected shot looped towards goal in injury time, but hit the ball hit the bar instead. Nothing was going to spoil Giggs’ special day.
The Welshman received a huge standing ovation after the final whistle as he walked off with "Ryan Giggs’ Red and White Army" ringing out from all four corners of the ground.