Forgotten defender Bongani Khumalo matched up against superstar Radamel Falcao and could hold his head high after the clash at Old Trafford.
The two internationals went head to head for Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United's under-21s, as two of the senior players on show.
Falcao was substituted off with a quarter of an hour remaining, unable to find the scoresheet and show first team boss Louis van Gaal why he was wrong to leave him on the bench in the FA Cup loss to Arsenal 24 hours earlier.
Khumalo, a South African international, has not played for the first team all season, recovering from a serious knee injury late last year and being used as a regular for the under-21s since as he seeks to get his career back on track.
Going up against Colombian star Falcao, formerly so prolific when at Porto and then Atletico Madrid, will have been quite a test for the centre-back, but it was one he was able to say he passed and if nothing else, will be a nice confidence boost for him.
The game ended 1-1, with youngster Kenny McEvoy scoring past former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes, before Rafael da Silva equalised for the hosts.