Jake Livermore finally ended his wait for a first start in the Premier League at Old Trafford and admitted: "It was worth the wait."
The 21-year-old has racked up over 50 appearances in all divisions since his Football League debut on loan for MK Dons at Chester in League Two back in March, 2008.
He made his Spurs debut as a late substitute at Stoke in March, 2010 and followed up with his full debut in the Carling Cup against Arsenal at the Lane last season.
Impressive in pre-season, Jake was handed his chance in the Europa League play-off, first leg at Hearts last week and responded with an outstanding display, capped by his first Spurs goal in a 5-0 win.
That performance saw Harry Redknapp keep faith with him for our Premier League opener at Old Trafford on Monday as Jake stepped out for his full debut at the home of the champions.
Once again he looked assured in a 75-minute display before being substituted as United, buoyed by their opening goal on the hour, eventually took control.
"Things are looking up," Jake said with a smile at Spurs Lodge. "I’ve waited a long time but for that 75 minutes, it was all worth it.
"It was a great place to play, a fantastic atmosphere at one of the best clubs in Europe.
"To get my chance against them was great. I played myself in, started off keeping it simple and I think, as a team, we did well for the first 60, 70 minutes.
"It was disappointing in the end but I thought we looked good for a lot of the game. It was just a shame the way it went once they scored."
Jake may well turn out again in the second leg against Hearts at the Lane on Thursday night.
Despite the scoreline from the first leg, he's expecting a tough night.
"It won’t be easy against Hearts," he added. "Even though it was 5-0 in the first leg, they still made it difficult for us.
"I’ve been given a chance and I’ve done the best I can, hopefully I can now stay in there."