Steele, stuck in the reserves at West Brom, raced up to Oakwell to answer Davey's prayers when first-choice Heinz Muller smashed a cruciate and on-loan Tony Warner was cup-tied.
Two training sessions later and he was walking out at Anfield, ready to have the game of his life.
It could not have been a bigger contrast to Steele's only other visit to the home of the Mersey giants, sitting in the stand as back-up to Edwin van der Sar two years ago.
He revealed: "That was the day when Alan Smith broke his leg, which was terrible as he's a great lad. We lost as well.
"It's good to come here and wipe away those memories. I think the United lads will be pleased I have helped to knock Liverpool out.
"I imagine I will have texts from some of them when I turn my phone on. If I don't get them today, I guess that I never will."