After Juan Mata was brought down in the area to give Manchester United the first of their penalties against Fenerbahce, it appeared at first glance as though the Spanish forward managed to emerge largely unscathed.
However, replays duly showed that he did receive a rather painful looking face-full of the Old Trafford turf as he was bundled over by defender Simon Kjaer.
It was a brutal putdown designed to have maximum impact on the Southampton hierarchy and supporters alike. An unexpected sideswipe at the latest graduates of the club's highly-acclaimed youth academy, dished out by Ronald Koeman in the middle of an otherwise unspectacular news conference to a stunned audience.
"I wasn't impressed," said then-manager Koeman when asked for his assessment of a recent under-21 game he had watched January 2015. "I look to the development of young players and they still...
Thursday night saw Robin van Persie make a competitive return to Old Trafford for the first time since leaving Manchester United somewhat reluctantly in the summer of 2015.
Indeed, Van Persie received a hero's welcome on the night despite his Fenerbahce team finding themselves on the wrong end of a rather comprehensive thrashing.
Still, the Dutch striker did eventually manage to muster a consolation, tapping home from close range in the 83rd minute to make the score 4-1 and thus preserving a crumb...