Newcastle fans seemed to be dreaming as they cruised to a 2-0 lead at Old Trafford on Saturday evening. The Magpies were flying and Rafael Benitez was the hero. Then it all went wrong.
Just after the hour mark, there was one change which seemed to be the turning point in the tie.
Despite, having withstood the bombardment of attacking play, with Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba both featuring as central defenders, the goal came in the 68th minute as Juan Mata gave hope of a comeback.
It came only a minute after injury to Kenedy forced the Brazilian off, with Benitez opting to replace him with Jacob Murphy. It was a change which would not help see out their lead.
The former Norwich man lacks the defensive abilities of his team-mates and whilst his work rate cannot be questioned, his uncomfort playing almost as an extra full-back at times was clear.
Whether that change was influential in Jose Mourinho’s team’s three goal turnaround is unclear, but Murphy’s introduction for Kenedy, rather than the likes of Isaac Hayden on the bench, certainly appears to have had a clear sway on how the game ended in Manchester.