Mathieu Debuchy has silenced his critics after super show
Mathieu Debuchy was first class at Manchester United.
He put his body on the line for the team, motored up and down the right hand side, enjoyed 71 touches of the ball, almost scored a first half goal and never gave Man United moment of peace.
Even his own team-mates were chanting his name on the bus after the game!
When the possibility of United originally signing Debuchy from Lille began to grow in the summer of 2012 his performances at the Euros started to get fans excited.
He joined from Lille last January and after initial impact he seemed to struggle in the side, prompting criticism from some sections along the way.
But he always seemed to have the desire to succeed at Newcastle.
The turning point - in my opinion - was a warm night in Morecambe in the League Cup.
He threw himself into a few tackles that night and took a couple of big hits himself from a League Two side that weren't afraid to throw their weight about.
That night I wrote: "The tough-tackling, all-attacking right-back is quickly winning a place in the hearts of United fans after recovering from his opening-day shocker against Man City with a couple of solid performances."
This prompted a response on the Chron message boards from those who had written off Debuchy, regular commenter Michael Caine said then: "Another frightening example of Pardew's lack of judgement."
Michael Fisher said:" Never did and never have rated Debuchy,before or after he signed...never seen him play a good game."
Steve Taylor concluded: "How much is Debuchy getting paid? There was a reluctance to give Simpson more dough but he's simply a better player in this league. Debuchy has no pace, get's turned easily and has terrible positional sense and judgement. Much is made of him playing for France but I don't think he's their regular full back."
However, the angry mob would surely have had nothing but praise for Debuchy after yesterday.
Quite rightly he was applauded off against Man United.
Of course, Debuchy must back up his form of late on a regular basis.
But it just goes to show that sometimes players from abroad need that settling in period.
Debuchy has had that now and Newcastle United fans are seeing the best of that now.