Manchester United’s 2-0 victory against Chelsea was another tactical masterclass from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his coaching staff.
He could even afford to send on Andreas Pereira and Scott McTominay to run down the clock.
However, one player’s role as an unused substitute spoke volumes.
Fred cost United £47million (BBC) yet he cannot earn a run of games.
In fact, he is now seemingly behind the two youngsters for a chance off the bench.
That was unthinkable when he arrived at Old Trafford. But Fred has shown little to suggest he can make a significant impact, even with his side 2-0 up and coasting.
There have been glimpses of his quality, but they are brief.
And now it seems he has two more players to wrestle with in a bid for first-team recognition.
Pereira has struggled to make an impact himself, yet he was still called on ahead of Fred for Monday’s clash.
United’s first-choice midfield trio is undeniable, but Fred will be hoping to be the best of the rest.
That challenge has got much harder in recent weeks. However, the Brazilian will be hoping he follows Victor Lindelof’s lead and settles after a tricky first year.