Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira waited a long time for his moment.
When it finally came, with a wonder-goal and an assist against Southampton, it seemed the Brazilian had finally come of age.
But the 23-year-old has fallen back into the shadows since.
His performances have shown, yet again, that he is simply not United standard. At least, not the standard the Red Devils need to rediscover if they want to challenge for silverware next season.
Pereira’s performance against Manchester City was one of perspiration rather than inspiration. And, much like his midfield partner Fred, the youngster’s influence dwindled the longer the game went on.
It is one thing scoring a long-range strike against a side scrapping against relegation. And quite another bossing the midfield against Europe’s top clubs.
Pereira is not the answer. Not if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to rediscover the winning ways that earned him the job in the first place.
According to a report from the Sun last month, United rate Pereira at £15million with Leicester City among those interested.
For that kind of money, United should bite suitors’ hands off this summer. That would go some way to signing a far better alternative. After all, £20-£30million can still buy you a lot if you know where to look.
The alternative – hoping Pereira comes of age and becomes a superstar – seems foolish given his ongoing struggles.