Former Manchester United striker Joshua King scored a hat-trick on Saturday afternoon as Blackburn Rovers demolished Premier League side Stoke City 4-1 at Ewood Park.
After showing plenty of promise at Old Trafford since arriving from Norway in 2008, King left the club in 2013 after making just one League Cup appearance.
Saturday’s feat was made all the more impressive given he had only scored seven career goals before the FA Cup, five of them coming for Blackburn but King’s pace constantly proved a problem for Stoke.
It was an unhappy return to Ewood for ex-United striker Mark Hughes. It had started well when Peter Crouch headed them in front but King put on a superb solo performance to see Blackburn progress to the last eight.
He forced Geoff Cameron into conceding a penalty as the American failed to deal with his pace after the 23-year-old had equalised, before unleashing his pace on a tiring ten-man Stoke in the second half, sealing his hat-trick.
Several groin injuries, one whilst on loan at Gladbach in Germany, hindered King’s progress at Old Trafford but he has become a valued member of the Blackburn squad and emerged as a talent in the Norwegian national side.
It’s always good to see an academy graduate doing well and if United progress past another of King’s former clubs on Monday, there is always a chance King could be facing his former employers in the sixth round next month.