Manchester United signed Adnan Januzaj to a new five-year deal yesterday, as a sign of the faith they have in his future at Old Trafford.
But what they wouldn’t do now to have had the same foresight in regards to Giuseppe Rossi.
The young forward had impressed at United and on loan spells with Newcastle and Parma - but in the summer of 2007 he was sold to Villarreal for £6.6 million.
A year later he was one of Europe’s most in form strikers, and a regular in the Italian national team.
In 2010-11 he was sensational, scoring 32 goals in 56 appearances, and for 2011-12 it appeared that the career of the then 23-year-old from Teaneck, New Jersey was going in one direction.
Then, it all went wrong.
On the 26th October 2011 Rossi tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a game against Real Madrid and he was out for six months, in April 2012 he suffered the same injury and his career looked in tatters.
But Fiorentina have taken a chance on him - spending €10 million on the player, even though he was still injured at the time, to bring him in from Spain in January.
Now fully fit he has started the campaign in great form - form that continued with La Viola this Sunday.
In what was something of a game of ex-United stars, Fiorentina went into half-time 2-0 down against Juventus after Paul Pogba and Carlos Tevez had scored.
But Rossi did not want to be left out of the act.
He inspired Fiorentina in the second half, scoring a hat-trick as the Florence outfit fired four goals in 15 minutes to leave a bewildered Juventus side on the receiving end of their first defeat in Serie A this season.
Rossi was the star, and the Italian press are now raving about the player.
If only United had him yesterday, they could have done with a saviour…
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