It didn't take a genius to spot that Danny Welbeck had incredible potential and the forward has already made a superb start to the season.
While so much focus is on the day-to-day soap opera of the transfer window, the development of homegrown players is never going to attract too much attention - particularly as it's nearly always a slow process.
Welbeck has been with the club since he was a child and, now 22, he remains far from the finished article - which should be a frightening thought for the rest of the Barclays Premier League.
So much was made of the England international's goal return last term for United and he has been the first to accept that a final tally of one in the league and another, albeit the biggest of his life, at the Bernabeu was disappointing. Yet it should not be the only barometer used to judge this burgeoning talent.
Speak to any member of the Academy coaching staff at the Aon Training Complex and they will stress the importance of development. Welbeck only scored twice but did he develop his game? By appearing in 40 matches for the Reds and having a key role to play in both legs against Real Madrid, in addition to many of the biggest domestic fixtures, the answer has to be an overwhelming 'yes'.
By operating in a wider role when he had to do plenty of selfless work for the team, has he become a more rounded player? Almost certainly. It's impossible to ignore the fact that he won the ball in the build-up to arguably the most critical single moment of the entire season when robbing Gael Clichy at the Etihad last December.
So few around Old Trafford will have doubted that Welbeck is still very much on an upward curve and will only improve with experience for both club and country. The lack of goals was clearly a side-effect of changing his role from being an out-and-out attacker following the arrival of Robin van Persie. It is not as if the Mancunian has never had them in his locker.