Before the first meeting between Manchester United and Aston Villa on Boxing Day, Rasmus Hojlund was still to score his first Premier League goal. More pertinently, he did not actually look like scoring one. His confidence appeared to be draining.
It is fair to say the goal has made Hojlund's season.
The Dane held his position in the centre of the Villa six-yard area on Sunday as Harry Maguire headed the ball back from Fernandes' corner. Ollie Watkins played Hojlund onside and the striker swept home.
He has now scored six in seven games and five in his last five Premier League games. The only player to achieve the latter feat at a younger age was Nicolas Anelka, who won the Premier League and FA Cup double with Arsenal in 1997-98.
Ten Hag might have wanted Harry Kane at the start of the summer but he has repeatedly defended United's decision to go for youth and invest £72m on signing Hojlund from Serie A outfit Atalanta.