On Thursday evening, former Rangers loanee Umar Sadiq almost stunned Manchester United.
The 22-year-old striker is currently turning out for Serbian side Partizan Belgrade, having been sent on a sixth loan spell away from parent club, AS Roma.
In general, things have been going better for him than they did during his much-maligned and goalless stint at Ibrox. While he did have an embarrassing domestic outing last month when he missed a spate of guilt-edged opportunities, he’s netted ten goals in all competitions, with seven in the SuperLiga and three in Europe.
Having struck a post in the home fixture against Solskjaer’s United a fortnight ago, he led the line for the reverse fixture at Old Trafford.
United’s powers have been on the wane in recent times, but they were still heavy favourites heading into the game and showed their superior qualities in the end, running out 3-0 winners through goals from Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
It could all have been so different, though, had Sadiq not been denied by the offside flag in the opening stages.
With four minutes on the clock, he was played in on the edge of the box before proceeding to loft a sublime first-time chip over Sergio Romero and in on the full.
The rangy forward sets off to celebrate only to realise he’s been flagged off. It was a tight call, but ultimately, he was deprived of what would surely have been the biggest goal of his career so far.
When the footage emerged on social media, it caught the attention of plenty of Bears.
Here’s a selection of reactions:
Always said he’s world class
— gordy (@weepaljoe_) November 8, 2019
Actually surprised he didn’t fall over.
— Cairo 🏴 (@Cairo1872) November 8, 2019
he tried to cross it
— CJ (@Cjnovo992) November 8, 2019
@coyle75 it’s Romero in goal though but big Sadiq 😂
— Cammy Young (@CammyYoung) November 8, 2019
Get him back
— frazer burnett (@frazerburnett1) November 8, 2019
Where was that in the league cup semi ffs
— Keir Welsh (@keirwelsh1) November 8, 2019
World class on his day
— James Johnstone (@JamesJ72_) November 7, 2019
Forgot sadiq existed
— Lew 🇬🇧 (@barcelona_1972) November 7, 2019
Honestly it’s a wonder goal idk how it’s offside
— Mark McGuiggan (@markmcgui99an) November 8, 2019
Thank you son crying just brought back nightmares
— Furphy (@furphy11) November 8, 2019