Last night saw Manchester United take on the unenviable task of facing the best team in world football right now, Bayern Munich, on home turf.
Pep Guardiola’s side came to Old Trafford as the undisputed favourites and United set up their defensive unit appropriately.
In the end, despite dominating, Bayern only came away with a 1-1 draw from Manchester. The away goal could prove pivotal, but for United this is a result they would have taken at the start of the night.
But it was the introduction of one specific player that gave Bayern the goalscoring impact they needed.
Mario Mandzukic was, perhaps surprisingly, left on the bench in favour of Thomas Muller. The more agile option struggled to impact on the game and Mandzukic was introduced in the second half.
And his height and strength proved vital when knocking down a perfectly weighted header into the path of Bastian Schweinsteiger - who tucked the ball away left-footed for 1-1.
For Mandzukic such an impact should not come as a surprise.
It was his sixth assist in a season in which he has scored 17 Bundesliga goals - the best in the division.
Interestingly he is one ahead of Robert Lewandowski - the guy set to replace him next season once he switches from Borussia Dortmund.
Mandzukic is clearly not a Pep Guardiola player - not his cup of tea you could say.
In January he was dropped after a poor effort in training and despite his excellent season the arrival of Lewandowski is set to see him out of the club in the summer.
One team said to be keen are Arsenal - and yesterday plenty of their fans took notice of his cameo against United.
With Mandzukic said to be available in the summer - many a Gunners follower seems very happy at the prospect of the Croatian leading the line.
Here is some reaction from Twitter…
I would love mandzukic at arsenal.— Lee Bourne (@LeeB_4) April 1, 2014
Arsenal should buy Mandzukic— General Jelq (@Grrr_Con) April 1, 2014
Mandzukic would fit into arsenal nicely— Jamie crump (@Jamiecrump97) April 1, 2014
Please come to Arsenal, Mandzukic #NotAnotherGiroudSeason— Dom Daniells (@domdaniells) April 1, 2014
If all these rumors about Mandzukic and Arsenal were true...take him in a heart beat. Especially as forwards will limited this summer— Adam Sisson (@adamsisson) April 1, 2014
I'd love to take either Balotelli or Mandzukic at Arsenal. One's underrated due to his behavior while some think that Mandzukic is overrated— Sarab 'Özil' Nanra (@SarabNanra97) April 1, 2014
I said a few months' back that Mandzukic would be an ideal Arsenal signing and wholly signable given Lewandowski's arrival. Still feel it.— Simon Rose (@thatsimonrose) April 1, 2014
Mandzukic is the most deadly striker in the six yards box when it comes to headers not like that French duck that plays for @Arsenal— Chinedu Egwunye SBN (@hova40) April 1, 2014
Mandzukic available in the summer is he? #arsenal— Dÿlan Scanlan (@DylanIreland99) April 1, 2014
Would love Mandzukic in Arsenal. Upgraded Giroud— Mr Rager (@Gunner_Toe) April 1, 2014
Mandzukic or Giroud? Who would you prefer?