Sir Alex Ferguson maintained Manchester United tradition - that either academy prospects will be given the necessary attention in order to fully develop into graduates to the senior team, or top, young, British talent will be targeted in the transfer windows.
For Everton, they know that all too well having sold then preciously-talented teenager Wayne Rooney to the Old Trafford outfit over a decade ago.
Fast forward ten years and, thanks largely to Ross Barkley's coming-of-age under the stewardship of Roberto Martinez at Goodison Park, United may once again be tempted to make Everton a sizeable offer for the 20-year-old earmarked as the next Paul Gascoigne.
Of course, Martinez will make the appropriate soundbites, in order to thwart any media momentum speculatively linking Barkley with a big money bid, and was even quoted by talkSPORT earlier this week to have said that the "next 12 months are crucial" and that, for the sake of his development, it would be best to stay where he is, as a Toffee.
"This is a vital period for him to fulfil his potential and the environment where he will be is everything. The only place is Everton," the Spaniard said. "It would be wrong for him [to transfer away]. As manager you develop a relationship with players and you're always honest with that. Ross is a phenomenal talent, probably the best English talent I have ever seen, but he is not the finished article yet and it's our duty to protect him.
"Everton is perfect for him."
United may have agreed this time last week.
At Everton, Barkley could continue being nurtured as the club's superstar, receiving more pitch time than he perhaps would at Manchester United, however, after receiving rejections from the likes of Bayern Munich trio Thomas Muller, Arjen Robben and Toni Kroos, the club may well be looking at doing their best to avoid the transfer market frustrations of last summer - where Marouane Fellaini was panic-bought at the end of the window - by banking on a talent like Barkley.