Tahith Chong scored Manchester United’s first goal of pre-season on Sunday, despite having signed on loan for Birmingham.
The 21-year-old Dutch starlet was announced as a Birmingham player for the 2021/22 campaign on July 9.
He’s signed on a season-long loan and so shocked a number of supporters by turning up at Pride Park for United’s 2-1 win over Derby.
However, it was soon explained that the two clubs have agreed for Chong to spend pre-season with his parent club.
He will then join up with Birmingham at an agreed date ahead of the new campaign.
Chong took his goal well against Derby, latching onto some careless defending before forcing the ball past the goalkeeper.
The friendly had an understandably relaxed atmosphere with it being the first of pre-season.
It was also seen as a reunion of sorts, with Derby manager Wayne Rooney taking on his former club.
Ravel Morrison, formerly of United, started for Derby in the match as a trialist.
The jovial atmosphere was represented in the stands too, as Derby and United fans came together to celebrate their joint hatred of Leeds United.
A chant of ‘we all hate Leeds scum’ rang out around Pride Park during the first half.
Birmingham manager Lee Bowyer told talkSPORT about signing Chong: “I don’t like to speak about myself too much, but my record with loan players is good. It’s very good.
“Man United would have done their homework and recognised that and they wanted Chong to come here and Chong wanted to come here, which is important.
“My job is to send him back a better player. Do I believe that will happen? Yes, because it’s happened to every player I’ve worked with.
“It’s good to have a club of Man United’s stature to trust me with such a talented player.
“I’m grateful to all the clubs because they loan us players, just like how other clubs should be grateful to us when we loan them our players. It’s the way it works.
“I’ll look after them and make sure they improve.”