The best players reserve their best performances for cup finals.
Normally you at least have an inkling a player has this in their locker before they pull out something amazing on the big stage.
But Vincent Kompany, who has been plagued by injuries during his time at Man City, surprised everyone when he came up against Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the Carabao Cup final.
City were leading 1-0 after Claudio Bravo of all people assisted Sergio Aguero to run through an lob David Ospina in the Arsenal goal.
It was as route one as it gets with only one touch on the ball after the keeper’s pass.
The Gunners managed to claw their way back into the game and in the 35th minute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was sent clear down the right channel.
For one of the fastest players on the pitch with a brilliant nose for a goal, everyone expected Arsenal’s January signing to burst away and slot past Bravo.
However, to his surprise after Aubameyang had taken the ball in his stride and was legging it towards goal he turned back to see Kompany scorching the Wembley turf as he put on the afterburners to catch the Gunners speedster.
Not only did City’s captain somehow summon a burst of speed that we haven’t seen from him for many years, once he caught up with Aubameyang, the centre back calmly nudged him off the ball and passed it out to safety.
It showed the sort of quality at the back that City have been crying out for and a side of Kompany’s game we didn’t know existed.
In general play, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva were doing their best to boss the midfield but Jack Wilshere was doing his best to prove Roy Keane wrong after his shambolic display against Ostersunds.
Leroy Sane was proving to be a menace down Arsenal’s right with his power and pace and Aguero looked razor sharp up front, nearly scoring a delicious left-footed lob before half time.
But I can’t get over seeing Kompany catch Aubameyang in a race.
I’d be asking for your money back Arsene.