Manchester United youngster Will Keane produced a 'don't forget me' performance for the Red Devils under-21 side, overshadowing James Wilson.
It is Wilson, 18, who is regarded as fourth in line for the first team behind Van Persie, Falcao and Rooney, yet Keane has issued a timely reminder that he is in the mix too.
Keane struck a hat-trick against Accrington Stanley in 4-2 win for the under-21s, with James Weir netting the other goal.
United had put out a strong side, including now first team defender Tyler Blackett, Tom Thorpe and Saidy Janko.
Wilson also featured, and was substituted after an hour despite looking bright. He was overshadowed by Keane, who scored twice in the first half before completing his hat-trick on 82 minutes.
Prior to last night, Keane had not scored yet this season, providing two assists in his previous two under-21 games.
His hat-trick indicates he is ready to take his progression up a notch, after his career seemed to stall after suffering a knee ligament injury at the end of 2012/13.
He went on loan to QPR at the end of last season but struggled for game time, and at 21, needs to convince United he is worthy of a renewed contract, with his set to expire in June 2015.
A loan move, with better luck this time around, may be useful for him, unless he can convince Louis van Gaal that he is better option than Wilson right now.