Bastian Schweinsteiger and Marouane Fellaini have had odd seasons at Manchester United.
One is widely adored by fans despite rarely playing, while the other has been booed at times this year despite being a favourite of José Mourinho.
Both started in Man United’s FA Cup clash with Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford on Sunday, and combined to devastating effect to put the home side 1-0 to the good on the stroke of half time:
A move brilliant in its simplicity, Schweinsteiger’s pinpoint pass from wide right finding the head of Fellaini in the box, and the Belgian international did the rest.
It has been quite the journey for Schweinsteiger this season – from being exiled when Mourinho arrived, the former Bayern midfielder has slowly worked his way back into first team contention, and his assist for Fellaini’s opener will certainly give Mourinho something to think about.
Up until then, the Championship side had been giving a great account of themselves, with Callum Connolly, Max Power and Michael Jacobs coming closest for Warren Joyce’s side.
At the other end, meanwhile, Henrikh Mkhitaryan had a great chance to put Man United ahead earlier after a decent ball into the box from Timothy Fosu-Mensah, but the Armenian missed from a few yards out.
1-0 the score at half time – while Man United are not quite home and hosed yet, Fellaini’s goal gives them some breathing space in the second half.