Manchester United's Juan Mata in action with Feyenoord's Karim El Ahmadi
Former Aston Villa midfielder Karim El Ahmadi had fans of his former club scratching their heads after a terrific display for Feyenoord against Manchester United.
The 31-year-old lined up against world record signing Paul Pogba in the Europa League clash, and not much was anticipated from him prior to kick off.
El Ahmadi proved himself and showed what he is capable of, by marshalling Pogba effectively and leading Feyenoord to a memorable 1-0 win.
Feyenoord's Karim El Ahmadi in action with Manchester United's Paul Pogba
Tonny Wilhema scored the winner late in the second half for Feyenoord, inflicting a second successive defeat on Manchester United.
El Ahmadi is known to fans in England after signing for Aston Villa from the Dutch side in 2012, before rejoining them two years later.
|Team||Passing Accuracy||Won Tackle||Interceptions Won||Ball Recoveries||Touches||Shots On Target||Assists||Goals||Appearances|
|Karim El Ahmadi||Aston Villa||83%||106||44||157||1,828||12||1||3||51|
During that spell he made 51 appearances for the side managed by Paul Lambert, and was a steady if unspectacular player.
His display against Manchester United was up there with his best for Villa, and given the trajectory of his former club, he will not be regretting leaving them behind.
Karim El Ahmadi at Aston Villa
Here is a look at how Twitter reacted to his performance...
El Ahmadi owns Pogba now....his toy....— Bridgette Parlma (@Bparlma) September 15, 2016
El Ahmadi masterclass has happened tonight. What a guy, always turns up in the big games https://t.co/2VKXiTg0Z9— Sam Harris (@SamHxrris) September 15, 2016
Loooooooool we sold El Ahmadi, I miss him— Gurdev Sahota (@Gurdev_AV) September 15, 2016
El-Ahmadi is the type of player we need .....— Chris Sargent (@MisterJ_91) September 15, 2016
El Ahmadi BOSSING Pogba, what a time to be alive— expert (@MowIid) September 15, 2016
Seeing Karim El Ahmadi play takes me back to the glory days of seeing Aston Villa in the Premier League— Harry Arckless (@harryarckless) September 15, 2016
@ManUtd just made El Ahmadi look like Arturo Vidal..— Saurabh Mishra (@ThSaurabhMishra) September 15, 2016