A week ago the battle-scarred hero of United's win over Olympiakos was Antonio Valencia. Against Manchester City the Ecuadorian had to make do with a place on the substitute's bench.
The decision did not please Paul Scholes, watching on from the SkySports studio, who was clearly disappointed the pacy winger was left out.
He said quite categorically: "Manchester United without pace is nothing... I'm amazed really Valencia is not playing on the right hand side.
"I would just have loved to see Valencia have a right go down that right hand side. Without that we could be a little bit toothless."
Scholes went onto discuss how when he was playing, he relied upon speedy teammates to get in behind players and create opportunities for him to play his accurate passes.
Tom Cleverley was the player who came into midfield, and David Moyes expressed before the game that he simply wanted to shore up the defence.
"We wanted to make sure we had enough midfield players... we wanted to make sure we had an extra player in middle of the park."
That did not prove so successful early on, with United conceding a goal in the first minute. After a superb defensive block by Rafael da Silva, Tom Cleverley twice lost challenges in the build up Edin Dzeko's opener.