Jose Mourinho sprang a surprise against PSG, picking Andre Schurrle up front rather than selecting with Fernando Torres or Demba Ba.
Neither striker are enjoying ideal seasons, with Torres failing to hit the target from 11 shots in two losses to Aston Villa and Crystal Palace.
The versatile German Andre Schurrle was preferred, despite his only game up front an ineffective showing at Old Trafford in a 0-0 draw early in the the campaign.
He and Jose Mourinho have got used to each other a lot since then, enough for Mourinho to pick him in the quarter-final.
SkySports pundit Jamie Carragher backed the decision ahead of the game, and likened him to former teammate Dirk Kuyt.
"He reminds me of Dirk Kuyt, he's a managers dream. He can play left, right, centre, and always puts a shift in
"You know what you will get, is he the greatest technically, probably not, but he (Jose Mourinho) doesn't know what he will get from his strikers, not an awful lot. He probably wants graft and grit in there."
When Kuyt arrived at Liverpool he was known as a free-scoring forward from his time in Holland but failed to net frequently in the Premier League. Instead he reinvented himself out wide, becoming a must-pick under Rafa Benitez, and a cult hero with fans for his committed performances.
As for Fernando Torres, a member of the same side at Liverpool, omitted for Schurrle, Carragher had little sympathy:
"He hasn't done enough to complain, knock on a manager's door. He's done nothing to back it up, and not been good enough."