Radamel Falcao has had to wait patiently for his chance to show Manchester United fans what he is capable of.
Having netted one goal and provided two assists in his first four appearances for the club, the Colombian international has been used sparingly after his return from injury and watched as teenager James Wilson started recent games while he was named only on the bench.
But Falcao was back in United's starting line-up for Saturday's match against Aston Villa, and it took him just 53 minutes to show he has not lost his touch in front of goal.
The loanee's header ensured United stretched their unbeaten run to seven matches, even if they dropped their first points for quite some time, and his overall performance deserved plenty of praise.
The United striker had a passing accuracy of 94 per cent and a shooting accuracy of 100% (scoring from his only attempt on goal). He also played four key passes - setting up plenty of goal-scoring chances for his teammates - and lost possession just three times in 90 minutes.
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While the 28-year-old has rarely featured since moving on loan from AS Monaco there is no question he remains one of the deadliest strikers in world football when fit.
If United can keep him that way for the second half of the campaign, he could yet fire them to an unlikely title triumph...but they will not be able to drop many more points between now and May.