Watching from his home on the Wirral, Benítez was able to enjoy the sight of Jamaal Lascelles scoring the only goal of the game to give Newcastle back-to-back Premier League wins and, in the process, pull the plug on the feelgood factor that had swept through Swansea thanks to transfer deadline day.
Having earlier cleared a shot off his own goal line, Jamaal Lascelles headed home the victor from a corner in the 77th minute as Newcastle picked up a second straight victory.
Absent manager Rafael Benitez was the architect behind Newcastle's 1-0 win at Swansea, his assistant Francisco de Miguel Moreno revealed after their Liberty Stadium success.
"Yeah, he wanted to come and wanted to do everything he could to attend but the weather conditions were not the best", he said.More news: Firefighters save historic Multnomah Falls Lodge from Eagle Creek Wildfire
"We were very serious in some stages of the game, we were very compact, disciplined and worked hard together".
"Of course he would be a miss, but we know he would want us to focus on the game and know our jobs, we have to put the right performance in to get the points".More news: Pope Francis Starts Five Day Trip to Colombia
For all that they were beaten, Swansea could still have taken something from the match, with Tammy Abraham having a chance cleared off the line by Lascelles shortly before he scored himself.
"The manager rang me this morning and told me to make sure the boys were on it. He said we are now under way".
"We have set a standard now". It is down to us to bring it every week.
The Welsh football legend thought Sanches had what it took to fit in with United's style, he said: "I remember looking at him and instantly liking him".More news: Tripura BJP core committee reached Delhi to review poll strategy with Shah
The midfielder is on a season-long loan in South Wales, with the option for Paul Clement's outfit to make the move permanent next summer with a £30million deal.