It was a moment many Manchester United fans thought would never come. After a string of failed auditions, Andreas Pereira finally came of age against Southampton, scoring one and setting up another in a 3-2 victory.
The Brazilian’s strike is a contender for Goal of the Season and there is more where that came from. But he already faces a test that could prove just how far he can go at Old Trafford.
It is one thing bossing a match against a side 17th in the Premier League and quite another overcoming one of Europe’s richest sides.
That is the challenge for Pereira when United face Paris Saint-Germain this week. In the absence of Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic, the 23-year-old will almost certainly start.
But can he replicate Saturday’s form and inspire United to a famous victory?
The United youngster showed his ability last weekend and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is likely to trust him again. However, only time will tell if he can raise his game sufficiently.
Bizarrely, given the talent usually at United’s disposal, Pereira could be the club’s most likely midfield saviour.
Tasked with replacing the suspended Pogba, he must prove his last performance was not an anomaly.
After all, if he fulfils his undoubted potential, he could inspire United to one of their most famous European nights. And there have been a few.