Of course, whether the kick-off time had an impact on the result is anyone's guess, but whether the game kicked-off at noon, in the afternoon or at night, Mourinho's men simply had too much in their locker for poor old Osasuna as they showed once again that they're a class apart from the majority of their La Liga rivals.
Los Rojillos had already endured an away day thrashing coming into the clash with Madrid - Barcelona had dished out an 8-0 drubbing on the men from Pamplona. Still, they were positioned just outside the European places coming into the contest and you'd think they'd have learnt their lessons from the eight goals they conceded at the Camp Nou.
It seemed as though they had for the first 34 minutes against Los Blancos, though whether that was down to the hosts getting used to their new early kick-off time is up for debate. Even when Ronaldo fired Madrid in front after a rather dull first 24 minutes - although credit must be due to Osasuna for their stubborn and organised defence - Madrid were still sleeping when the visitors grabbed their controversial leveller just six minutes later.
Mourinho was still shouting from the sidelines to bring Pepe, who'd been on the sidelines receiving treatment, back on to the pitch when Osasuna were awarded a free-kick following a foul by Alvaro Arebeloa. Raul Garcia took it quickly while at least six Madrid players were arguing with the referee and Ibrahim was left one-on-one with Iker Casillas, beating him with a neat low finish to level. While I can understand the frustration at not being allowed to bring Pepe back on, Madrid must learn a lesson from Osasuna's goal. Of course, decisions are going to be contested, but does it really need six men around the referee, not even focused on the ball? This time of situation could come up against Barca, and to concede a goal like that against them would be suicide. Lesson learnt, hopefully.
It seemed to be some kind of justice then that it was Pepe who restored Madrid's lead just four minutes later. And from then on there was no looking back. Higuain added a superb third before half-time and Eneko Satrustegui's sending off for a second bookable offence handed the emphatic win to Los Blancos on a plate. Fittingly, Ronaldo, awarded his European top scorer boot before the match, scored the resulting penalty and scored his third, and 12th hat-trick, before Benzema added two more goals to wrap-up the scoring.
Incredibly, Ronaldo has stacked up another record with his hat-trick, in that he's the first player in La Liga to score four hat-tricks in the opening eleven matches of a season. I'm 90 per cent on that one, although if anyone knows otherwise please feel free to correct me!
So another win and another international break coming up. One slight concern for Madridistas will be the injury to Angel Di Maria. As I type, nobody knows the extent of the injury so hopefully it won't be too bad. I'm guessing Mourinho won't be too keen on him featuring for Argentina in their forthcoming matches, though. Di Maria was again instrumental, assisting all three first-half goals to make him by far away the biggest assist maker in La Liga so far this season. On the plus side, Nuri Sahin got his long-awaited debut from the bench, and with some vital game time under his belt, and the international break to continue his fitness improvements, he'll surely feature in the coming Champions League games with Los Blancos having already progressed.
Just to finish off, some transfer stories from the British papers this weekend involving Madrid, all of which are probably rubbish, but worth a mention just in case. Carlos Tevez, Robin Van Persie, and Glen Johnson are the names linked with the Bernabeu. Yes, Glen Johnson...
Tevez had, of course, been linked last season but with Neymar seemingly all-but tied up, I can't see the need for another attacker, not of Tevez's ilk anyway. Manchester City won't let him go for cheap, and his reported £200,000 wages are also another sticking point. Van Persie wouldn't demand that much, and his contract is up in a year-and-a-half at Arsenal, but with the Gunners losing big names such as Fabregas and Nasri this season, Arsene Wenger will be desperate to keep hold of RVP, one of the form strikers in Europe at present. He'd fit into Madrid's line-up like a glove, but I can't see it happened. As for Glen Johnson - is that even worth the debate? He simply isn't better than Arbeloa. If there is an area that does need strengthening at the moment is could be right-back, with Ramos playing so well at centre-back, but Arbeloa is playing well there and there's no need to change.
Why is there an international break now? I want the domestic football to keep coming, especially in this form. A tough test lies in wait in Valencia in two weeks' time, and Jose will be hoping his men return to the Spanish capital with a full bill of health.