When Amad Diallo arrived at Manchester United, fans thought they were getting a tricky winger in the mould of a young Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, the Ivorian’s first goal in red was reminiscent of another United hero.
Few players know where the goal is quite like Javier Hernandez. And one of his most famous strikes in a United shirt came when he was facing the entirely wrong direction.
Hernandez scored a wonderful header against Stoke City back in October 2010. Eleven years later, it still sticks in the memory for the almost impossible nature of the effort.
United’s Mexican sharpshooter leapt to meet a cross, somehow arched his body and his head to meet the ball with his back to goal and – wonderfully and inexplicably – found the net.
Hernandez scored 59 goals for United but this was one of his very best.
And now Diallo has got his United career off to the perfect start with an eerily similar effort.
Bruno Fernandes supplied a wonderful assist for the United youngster’s opening goal against AC Milan. But there was still so much work to do.
That happened in the blink of an eye, with Diallo’s positional awareness and deft finish belying his age.
At just 18, he will know this is just the start of his United career and he has a lot of work to do. But take nothing away from Thursday’s goal – it showed he is a lot more than a tricky winger.
Could United have another goal-scorer with the laser-like precision of Hernandez? On early evidence, it certainly seems so.
A complete player
There is a reason United spent an initial £19million (that could rise to £37.2m) on Diallo.
This is not any old teenage footballer. He has the innate talent needed to become a superstar and he has wasted no time proving that.
If he can have the flare of Ronaldo and the spontaneity of Hernandez, United may have even more than we bargained for.