With Louis van Gaal splashing hundreds of millions on his Man Utd side, it was bizarrely youngster Timothy Fosu-Mensah who was the one man standing between them and a battering.
At 68 minutes into their clash with Tottenham, there was little between the two sides when the Dutch teenager went down injured.
The former United youth team player was subbed off for Darmian and then, it’s fair to say, things went south pretty quickly.
Could it be possible that one of the cheapest players in one of the Premier League’s most expensive teams was their defensive talisman?
An actual 18-year-old?
It all went downhill when Timothy Fosu-Mensah went off. How a Manchester United defence is tied together by an 18-year-old.— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) April 10, 2016
It was not a good day to be in Darmian’s boots.
The 18-year-old had been keeping the title-challenging north London side at bay for much of the game up until that point.
Many believe he is destined for bigger things.
The 3-0 hammering went some way to diminishing what residual belief the Old Trafford faithful had left in their manager.