In an otherwise overcast season blighted by a flood of poor results and abject form, Manchester United produced a ray of sunlight by coming from behind in their two-legged tie with Olympiacos, slaying the Greeks 3-2 on aggregate courtesy of a well-received Robin van Persie hat-trick at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening.
That may not have been the only reason for United fans to be optimistic over a season in which European football next season is dubious and when they have been eliminated from both domestic cups, with a number of losses on their ledger, as the club apparently have an £80m interest in Paris Saint Germain hitman Edinson Cavani - Luis Suarez's strike partner with Uruguay.
Even renowned commentator Richard Keys intimated on his official blog that an agreement would be straight-forward - all United would have to do would be bid.
However, reports this morning in the Daily Star indicate that Cavani, 27, will not be joining van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata at Carrington in the summer, even if they offered an enormous weekly salary of £280,000 per week.
The tabloid quote a source close to the goal-scorer to have said: "[Cavani] is well aware of United's interest in him and at one stage this might have seemed like an attractive proposal."
That proposal has appeared less handsome as the current season has run it's course…
"The fact is Manchester United can no longer offer him the standard of football he wants or thinks he deserves. The club is going through huge changes and he doesn't feel the time is right to even consider going to Old Trafford."
Valued at £53m by transfermarkt.co.uk, Cavani has scored 18 goals in Ligue 1 and Champions League competition, while also supplying five assists. He has an attacking efficiency of a goal scored or assist provided once every 95 minutes on average and is reportedly also on Chelsea's radar.
Presumably, because of the individual form of players such as Eden Hazard, Willian, John Terry and Gary Cahill, combined with the Premier League and Champions League chasing status the Stamford Bridge side currently possess, SW6 may be a more desirable destination for the coveted striker.