Bruno Fernandes cut a frustrated figure when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hooked him off with Manchester United chasing the game against Atalanta.
The Red Devils squared off with the Italian opponents on Tuesday evening in their latest Champions League fixture.
United had fallen behind early on, but a wonderful piece of play, with Fernandes at the heart of it, was enough for Cristiano Ronaldo to fire United level.
However, Solskjaer's side were soon behind again when Duvan Zapata beat the offside trap and a lengthy VAR check.
With United needing a goal to rescue their Champions League future which was in serious danger, Fernandes was taken off.
The Portuguese midfielder was so crucial to United's success last season, but since the arrival of Ronaldo, Fernandes has looked a shadow of his former self.
And Solskjaer's trust in his former talisman appears to be at an all-time low.
Fernandes was part of a double substitution that saw Jadon Sancho and Donny van de Beek, who have both been struggling for game time, introduced to the field.
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And Fernandes didn't look too happy at the snub as he walked off muttering to himself and shaking his head.
Solskjaer offered a high-five to the 27-year-old which he reluctantly accepted, just about tapping his manager's hand before sulking off.
Fernandes was very rarely taken off last season, but the substitution is the third successive game he has failed to play the full 90 minutes.
United did find an equaliser as Ronaldo sparred the Red Devils' blushes with a fantastic volley in the 91st minute.
Solskjaer's side remain top of the group after being minutes away from slipping down to third.
They are level on points with Unai Emery's Villarreal, who they travel to next in the European competition before hosting Young Boys in their final group game.
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