Marouane Fellaini notched his first goal for Manchester United versus West Brom, capping an exceptional cameo appearance. With the Baggies 1-0 up, the 6' 4" midfielder found himself thrown into action, and despite previous criticisms, he failed to disappoint.
After taking animated instructions on the bench from Louis van Gaal, the Belgian international replaced Ander Herrera at half-time and within three minutes made the statement he and his manager had been waiting for.
For a player who had scored 11 Premier League goals in his final full-season with Everton, this strike was a long time coming. He has struggled with the Red Devils thus far, mainly due to a lack of game time - he has just 23 appearances under his belt. Nonetheless, this moment could spark a much-needed turn around in his fortunes.
Writing in his blog on the Manchester United official website, Fellaini said, "It's been an enjoyable week. I was delighted to get my first goal for United but it was disappointing not to win at West Brom."
"The manager told me in the first half to watch the game closely as I would be coming on and he wanted me to pressure their defence and get into the box to make an impact."
He then continued to discuss the elation he felt having scored his maiden goal for the club: "Scoring was a great feeling. I'd waited a long time! Football is like this - sometimes you have good moments, sometimes bad moments - but this was a special one."
"I didn't think about what I was going to do when I received the ball, it was just instinctive."
"As soon as I made space after bringing the ball down I thought, 'I'm going to shoot.' I ran straight to United's fans when it went in – I was delighted and wanted to celebrate with them."
"All the lads came over and everyone was happy for me but we were just pleased we'd got back into the game. It was important, it's just a shame we couldn't turn it into a win."
The match eventually finished 2-2, with Manchester United's Daley Blind scoring a late equaliser after youngster Saido Berahino had reinstated the home side's lead. This result leaves the Old Trafford outfit 10 points from the top of the table, in sixth place.