Memphis Depay took plenty of flak on Sunday as Manchester United drew 1-1 at Chelsea.
The Dutchman was a late substitute and his only contribution was to give the ball away, which led to Diego Costa's stoppage time equaliser.
It was a low point of an underwhelming season for the winger, but he got a chance to get straight back to action by being selected in the under-21 side.
This could be construed as a punishment of sorts by manager Louis van Gaal, but the simple fact is that the winger needs game time.
The under-21 game with Norwich City at Old Trafford was an ideal chance for Depay to rebuild his confidence, and instead of sulking, he seized the opportunity.
Depay provided three assists in a 7-0 win, in which striker Will Keane scored five of the goals.
United lined up a strong side which also included Sergio Romero, Phil Jones and Adnan Januzaj, but Depay's skill was eye catching.
His performance makes this somewhat of a managerial masterstroke by Van Gaal, who will suddenly have an eager, confident Depay as opposed to a negative and sulking player feeling sorry for himself after Stamford Bridge.
Now he needs to show he can produce at the weekend away at Sunderland.
Here is a look at how United fans reacted to his inclusion in the under-21 side, and performance...
Playing Depay in under 21's isn't "humiliation". He isn't getting game time this keeps him match fit. It's a part of modern football. #mufc— Lamarr Douglas (@lamarr_LD_87) February 8, 2016
3 assists for Depay, might get the confidence flowing again! #MUFC— Cormac Ó Donnagáin (@CormieD123) February 8, 2016
That U21-player Memphis Depay looks pretty good. Wonder if he will make the first team soom ;-) #MUFC— Rasmus Winther (@RasmusWintherDK) February 8, 2016
Quality little pass from Depay and decent pace from Fosu Mensah. Nice interlinking play #MUFC— The MUFC Wurzel (@Bleekster16) February 8, 2016