The Daily Mail reported that Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham scouts would all be at the match between Fulham and Sheffield United to watch the Sheffield United's 18-year-old Italian youth international Diego de Girolamo.
Unfortunately for them, Nigel Clough never gave the young talent a run out, however, Manchester United target Harry Maguire's performance made sure it wasn't a wasted trip after all.
In September, The Mirror reported the interest from David Moyes in Sheffield United's £4 million-rated centre-back Harry Maguire, hinting that he could have been targeted when the transfer window opened in January.
However, more than likely due to having more pressing matters at hand, David Moyes decided against trying to win the League One talent in the January window.
Harry Maguire has proven himself as no 'flash in the pan' and despite being just 20 years of age, he has picked up Sheffield United's Player of the Year award two seasons in a row, named in League One's Team of the Year two seasons in a row and made his 100th start for Sheffield United all before his twentieth birthday.
And if that isn't good enough for you, at the minute he is currently Sheffield United's top goalscorer of this season too.
Anyone who watched Sheffield United's two matches against Fulham would have found it hard not to be impressed by the England U21's quality and work ethic. As he really does carry an old head on young shoulders.
With Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal reportedly watching the game, the decision for Manchester United not to act quicker on the Sheffield-born starlet could be one they rue for the years to come, if one of the London clubs go knocking first.
See Maguire set-up Sheffield United's goal in the first game against Fulham in the FA Cup:
image: © nicksarebi