Mario Mandzukic’s absence meant that Paulo Dybala led Juventus’ attack for their trip to Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
Where the Croatian would have given Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof a more physical battle, Dybala was elusive all night.
His mobility allowed the Juve front three to interchange positions at will, especially in a first half when Manchester United were all at sea; unable to lay a glove on their visitors.
With Everton the next visitors to Jose Mourinho’s men, on Sunday, Richarlison must have been licking his lips at Dybala’s midweek masterclass.
Marco Silva has benched Cenk Tosun in recent games, in favour of a mobile, versatile front three which is capable of doing exactly what Juventus did to United on Tuesday.
Dybala did not engage in a physical battle with United’s centre-halves; preferring instead to exploit the space down the sides of them or drop into midfield to maximise Nemanja Matic’s lack of awareness and speed.
Richarlison is ideal to do exactly the same on Sunday. United have ceded the initiative in the opening stages their last three matches, and the Brazilian has the qualities to take full advantage at the weekend.