For 92 minutes during Manchester United’s clash against Hull City on Saturday evening, Wayne Rooney struggled to impose himself.
United were expected to roll over their newly-promoted opponents but it looked as though the match was petering out to a drab 0-0 draw.
Rooney, playing in his usual deeper position, looked off the pace for much of the game and his lack of pace and mobility often slowed down attacks for the away side.
In fact, Rooney’s performance was so disappointing that he was trending on Twitter - and not for the right reasons. United fans were blasting their club captain for his display and were urging Jose Mourinho to haul off their number 10.
However, after bringing on Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford, Mourinho shifted Rooney to a left-wing role.
It proved to be a stroke of genius as, in the 92nd minute, Rooney skipped past Ahmed Al Muhammadi and put the ball on a plate for Marcus Rashford to win the match for the away side.
It was a moment of magic from the skipper and there were probably many United supporters hastily deleting their previous tweets.
But there was one man that was fully behind Rooney - former United defender Rio Ferdinand.
Ferdinand was a pundit for BT Sport for the match but took to Twitter after Rooney’s brilliant assist.
He tweeted: “Bring off @waynerooney gang where are you????” - in response to the thousands of United fans begging for the Special One to drag off the 30-year-old.
Despite entering his thirties, Rooney still has the ability to win matches single-handedly no matter how he’s been performing for the previous 90 minutes. Nobody knows that better than his former teammate.