Bend it like Barton
Had David Beckham been serving up the delicious balls into the box that Joey Barton has in recent times - TV pundits across the globe would all have been foaming at the mouth.
Barton has been causing havoc in the last third of opposing penalty areas during a period he admitted was the "best of his career" thus far.
His calculated cross from near the halfway line against Arsenal - which left Ã Âukasz FabiaÃ Âski looking like somebody trying to catch a dropped tenner on a windy day in Whitley Bay - had been in Barton's head for sometime.
To be precise, just over half an hour after the the 5-1 win over Sunderland after having a hand in three of the goals over the auld enemy.
Barton had also been in the thick of things against West Ham, when he made goals for Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan all possible.
Seven days before Arsenal, Barton had said: "Their weakness is dealing with balls into the box and dealing with physicality so we'll see."
And you have to say Barton hit the jackpot.
Barton has played in all 11 of United's Premier League games and is enjoying his best injury free run for years.
His cool and calm approach to life has been admirable, and it would appear his dark days are behind him.
And if he does end up being the Geordie faithful's version of David Beckham, then it would complete a comeback against all of the odds with the Scouser seemingly out of the door at St James' after his red card against Liverpool only in May 2009.
With Barton currently a tee-total, you have to raise your mug of tea to him after a superb start to the season.