After Carlos Tevez had proved a point, two more followed for Manchester United here thanks to a super goal from Michael Carrick.
But it was Tevez who came to United's rescue. Tevez who stepped off the bench to score a hugely important equaliser that was just brilliant in its execution.
Only three minutes after joining what was proving a difficult contest for the defending champions, Tevez revitalised a stuttering United with the deftest of backheels.
A flick straight from the Cristiano Ronaldo repertoire but scored onthis occasion by a striker hoping to secure an Old Trafford future.
This time he resisted the temptation to run to his tormentors and cup his ears in petulant protest. This time he simply let the brilliance of his football do the talking and chose, instead, to run to those who adore him: the supporters who responded to the sight of his 61st minute goal by again be seeching Sir Alex Ferguson to 'sign him up'.