This time last month, David de Gea was trying his best to get himself out of Manchester United. Last night he completed a significant step in a rather impressive turnaround by wearing the captain's armband for the very same club.
United were cruising towards a 3-0 League Cup victory over Ipswich Town when Wayne Rooney's number was called by the Old Trafford announcer in the 81st minute.
Vice-captain Michael Carrick was on the bench while third-choice Chris Smalling had already been replaced by Phil Jones in the 70th minute.
De Gea, it seems, was next in line as Rooney handed the armband to Bastian Schweinsteiger, who ran towards the goalkeeper to bestow the elastane and polyester honour upon his right arm.
Needless to say, the 24-year-old was delighted to be given such responsibility, albeit in the final few minutes of a match that was already won, in a competition that both Louis van Gaal and Manchester United fans place at the bottom of their trophy-preference lists.
He tweeted: "Great win yesterday! Let's think about our next rivals and keep improving. I'm proud to wear this armband! #MUFC"
Everything was looking so glum for Manchester United after they lost Angel di Maria to PSG and were preparing to lose their best player to Real Madrid. It got worse when they embarrassed themselves by paying £36million to sign an unknown teenager.
But not only did they keep hold of De Gea, tying him down the a four-year contract in the process, but that unknown teenager, Anthony Martial, has scored four goals in his opening four games. For the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson's tenure, Manchester United actually look capable of having a great season.
It's making me feel a bit sick.