You have to feel for Ryan Shawcross.
He may have been deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford, but he has sparkled for the Potters and proven himself to be a top Premier League performer over the course of 250-plus appearances.
So impressive has he been during his time at the Britannia Stadium, talk of a return to the Theatre of Dreams has started to circulate.
He is said to be among those being considered by Louis van Gaal, with his talents being noted by the top bosses in the country.
There is, however, one man who continues to overlook him, with Roy Hodgson’s reluctance to add Shawcross to his England ranks leading the 27-year-old to start blanking squad announcements.
He said in the Daily Mirror: “It’s been difficult to accept that I haven’t had another opportunity in the squad.
“It’s not something that I allow to impact on me anymore, though, because it is something that is well and truly out of my hands.
“I don’t look at the squads anymore because I presume that I’m nowhere near it and I’m not going to get in.
“I feel I’ve played my best football under the manager here (Mark Hughes) and I have still been nowhere near being included. All I can do is keep working hard, keep enjoying my time here and then what will be, will be.”
Shawcross can completely turn his back on England and switch international allegiance if he wishes, having been brought up in Wales.
Chris Coleman has raised that issue in the recent past, but was told that the centre-half only wished to be considered by the land of his birth.
It may be time to return to the negotiating table, though, as Wales are a side on the up and a sustained push towards Euro 2016 could work in their favour.