Roberto Mancini has never been afraid of making the big decisions, and when it came to selecting his first XI for Inter Milan he opted against selecting former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic.
Following a system change, the former United defender found himself watching from the bench as his side earned a well-fought point against local rivals AC Milan.
It was the first time in the season Vidic had been placed on the bench, effectively showing that Mancini preferred the pairing of Juan Jesus and captain Andrea Ranocchia to the previously chosen defensive three, with Vidic sitting in the middle of selected duo.
In a sense, the Serbian can't be surprised by the decision due to his poor start to life in Italy and the fact that his two defensive partners are currently in better form.
Nevertheless, few would have been surprised if Mancini had selected the United captain as a player to build his side around as five Premier League titles and one Champions League trophy speak for themselves.
After the match, the former Manchester City manager addressed the current tactical and selection questions, only briefly touching on Vidic.
'‘The tactical aspect of the team needs to be changed but I don’t even know a lot of them, just from TV, so I need to get to know them. The attitude was right so I’m happy about that,’ Mancini was quoted as saying in the Daily Mail.
''We have a lot of things to do. This Inter has been built up for a certain type of game with no offensive strength so now we have to change. And a lot of the players have to sacrifice their role in order to sustain this type of team.
‘'There are two ways to qualify for the Champions League, one is arriving because we are in a good place in the Championship, or we win the Europa League. But it is still a long way.
"I’ve had some very tough times in the last 48 hours, when you arrive like this, and start with the derby, you have no certainties.
"We have tried different tactical schemes but I changed them at the very last, it has been very engaging in the last two days. For what comes next we’ll do our best as soon as we can, football has narrow times.’'
When asked on why Vidic was left out, Mancini stated: '‘I know Vidic very well even if he plays on the other side of Manchester. He will be very helpful to this Inter side soon.''
Mancini will get the chance to use Vidic on Thursday night as his side look to ensure Europa League qualification with a win against FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.
A starting role for Vidic in such a big game, following the snub for the Milan derby, will show supporters the 33-year-old does have a future at the club and won't just be a back-up player under Mancini.
However, given the recent links with a return to Manchester United, if he is left on the bench again many may fear he could be fringes of Mancini's thoughts.