Max Gradel found the back of the net in Saturday's passionate clash with promotion-chasing rivals Nottingham Forest just in time to save himself from being substituted.
The Ivory Coast attacker had been his lively self but found things not going his way at the vital time until he suddenly burst into the picture and fired in United's third goal after 73 minutes.
Manager Simon Grayson had been ready to give the signal for Gradel to come off. "Max was close to being taken off," the boss admitted.
"It was one of those afternoons when it just wasn't happening for him when he had possession. You you can never fault Max's workrate, his desire and his energy but he can drive you mad at times with his quality," he said.
Max took his goal tally for the season to 16 when he nipped in to score United's fourth goal against Forest three minutes from the end and crown a crucial victory.
"He deserved his goals because of all the attributes he shows - and so did the other players," Grayson added.
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