Seamus Coleman was given a torrid time by Anthony Martial last weekend, which led some Toffees fans to lay into the man who has been such a consistent performer down the years.
Even in the modern, constantly changing landscape of football, that felt hugely premature. The Irishman was exposed by a lack of cover at Old Trafford by Theo Walcott and he will certainly not be the last right-back to get twisted blood after an afternoon trying to stop Martial.
There is a reason he has lasted so long as Everton’s right-back and why he battled back from a horrific leg break; he is a fighter who doesn’t give up easily.
Coleman doesn’t score many but he picked a fantastic weekend to net a crucial goal against Brighton, putting his side back in front en route to a 3-1 victory.
His celebration was telling. He knows what some fans were saying about him last weekend, beginning to write him off at the top level and he responded emphatically.
Coleman still has plenty to offer, especially to an Everton defence that is in a state of flux elsewhere after an influx of new arrivals and he showed that on Saturday.
He responded to the critics in the perfect manner.