Given his impact against Southampton, it was surprising when Manchester United’s Diogo Dalot was only on the bench in Paris.
Surprise turned to frustration when Eric Bailly instantly looked out of his depth before rightfully being hooked.
The United centre-back was woeful out of position. And Ashley Young was no better, failing to offer sufficient support as he drifted in field time and again from his more advanced position.
Watching it unfold, United fans were aghast and gearing up for a battering. But Dalot had other ideas, transforming yet another match as soon as he arrived.
United are far better with the 19-year-old on the pitch, both defensively and in attack. Dalot offers pace, creativity and a superb crossing ability. His performance also means his quality and maturity should never be doubted again.
Signed for £19million (BBC), Dalot has come on leaps and bounds under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. But he was not deemed ready to start in must-win Champions League clash.
Opting to play Bailly on the right, where he floundered from the opening minute, is one of the Norwegian’s few mistakes since taking charge.
Thankfully, he has the courage to adapt quickly.
Dalot may be young, but he is more than ready. In fact, he could be one of United’s most effective attacking players in the months ahead.