Manchester United drew 1-1 with AIK Fotball in Sweden tonight, and the injured Wayne Rooney was not the only notable omission.
A player perhaps surprisingly left behind was 20-year-old Jesse Lingard, the breakout star of United's Asia tour, as first team regulars Van Persie and Nani returned.
Lingard scored four goals on tour, making a real name for himself, indicating he yet could fulfill his potential.
But he was not sat at home twiddling his thumbs.
Lingard started alongside Federico Macheda and Adnan Januzaj for a young Manchester United side playing rivals Manchester City in the annual Lancashire Senior Cup Final.
A hotly contested game saw City take the lead through young forward Alex Nimely, in their attempt to win the trophy for the first time since 1973/74.
But United pegged City's Elite Development Side back just before half-time with an equaliser from Italian midfielder Davide Petrucci, firing into the top corner.
It was then over to Lingard, who scored a winner from the penalty spot 15 minutes from time, to give the Red Devils a 2-1 win.
The spot-kick won't compare in aesthetics to a couple of his spectacular goals in Japan in Australia, but it surely will have given him almost just as much satisfaction.
Clearly reveling in a senior role for the side, full of confidence, Lingard will have made sure his name gets fed back to manager David Moyes when the Scotsman enquires as to the result upon his return from Sweden.
Lingard may just be in contention for a place in the Community Shield squad this weekend, and a further boost to his confidence will not have done him any harm at all.
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