Gabriel Obertan could be in line to make his Barclays Premier League debut against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.
The French winger made his Reds bow in Tuesday's Carling Cup triumph at Barnsley, and Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed that he may again be involved against Sam Allardyce's side this weekend.
"It was Gabriel’s first real game on Tuesday," Sir Alex told his pre-match press conference on Friday. "He’s had a few runouts for the Reserves but I think it’s too early for him to start tomorrow. It depends on injuries – he may get on the bench."
Although glimpses of the 20-year-old winger have been fleeting so far, Sir Alex is in little doubt of Obertan's pedigree.
"He’s settled in well and he definitely has ability – he has marvellous pace, which is always important in football today," said the manager.
"He’s overcome his injury, which is the most important thing. He didn’t know about his injury when he signed him and we’ve picked it up. Hopefully we’ve corrected it."