Giuseppe Rossi was let go for a pittance in 2007 but he could be ready to shine in Brazil this summer.
The FIFA World Cup is now less than a month away and it is a chance to see the best talent in the footballing world all on show in one month. Not only that, but it is an opportunity for new stars to be born at the competition.
However there is also the opportunity to have a look at players who, for whatever reason, you just cannot believe are playing at this stage.
The rejects that have fought back.
For Manchester United that threat comes from Italian forward 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 a bargain £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 New Jersey was going in one direction.
His career has unfortunately been blighted by horrendous knee problems. In 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 took a chance on him last January - spending €10 million on his services, even though he was still injured at the time, to bring him in from Spain in January.
He started this season in sensational form, banging in 16 goals in 21 appearances and adding four assists to his impressive goal tally. Unfortunately a knee injury struck again in January and he was out of action for four months.
But he returned to first-team action earlier this month, and has been named in the squad based on his early season form.
If his knee holds up, which is a big if, Rossi is perhaps the most talented forward Italy have in their Arsenal and he will be a threat for any team in Brazil.
Not to mention he will be fresh after his mini-break in the season. Rossi would love to show United fans what they are missing on the world stage.