Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal welcomed Tim Fosu-Mensah’s contribution as they defeated Everton 1-0 on Sunday.
Anthony Martial’s 54th-minute goal was set up by full-back Fosu-Mensah, who had come off the bench to replace the ineffective Marcos Rojo.
The Argentinian endured a torrid time in the first half, particularly when up against Gerard Deulofeu and Van Gaal thought he was feeling the effects of international duty.
Van Gaal said: “I think Rojo had a problem with his jet lag, so I changed him. I saw the space on the right side and I said to Timothy that, ‘You have to take profit of that’.
“When a player does that it is a bit of luck for the manager but every credit is for Timothy, not the manager.”