Premier League history was made last night and it was made by a player you would least expect.
When Phil Jones hobbled off injured in the fifth minute and was replaced by Chris Smalling, no eyebrows were raised in surprise or excitement; it was a fairly routine change.
Premier League history
However, defender Chris Smalling became the first substitute in Premier League history to score a first-half double in Wednesday night's 3-1 win against Burnley.
Smalling was close to also netting this seasons fastest Premier League substitute goal but Sammy Ameobi took just eight seconds to score after coming on for Newcastle against Tottenham.
Another unconvincing performance
While it was not the most convincing performance for the Reds against struggling Burnley, something Louis van Gaal has come under criticism for recently, at least Old Trafford witnessed some Premier League history being made.
The centre-back, speaking to manutd.com, said "I think it's great to be up there, ahead of the others, as opposed to having games in hand that you have to win in order to climb the table.
"We did the job, but if you can win when you’re not playing too well, it’s a good sign."
The win, assisted by a late Van Persie penalty, allowed United to reclaim third spot in the league as the race for Champions league football hots up, with just five points separating third and seventh place.