Manchester United have given a nod to James Wilson that he still has a big future at the club by flying him out to Holland for tonight's Champions League fixture.
Wilson has travelled as part of the club's 20-man squad, and will be hoping to make the bench for United's opening group stage fixture with PSV.
The striker was pictured training at PSV's Philips Stadion on Tuesday night, with his presence a potential blow for Derby County, who had hoped to have an agreement to sign him on loan. Manager Paul Clement had even admitted interest in the England under-21 international, as reported The Guardian.
Potential blow, but not a blow
As our headline states, Wilson's inclusion is a potential blow for Derby, but not a decisive one.
Even Adnan Januzaj scoring a winner for United in the Premier League over Aston Villa did not stop Louis van Gaal loaning out the winger to Borussai Dortmund for the season.
United have also taken young midfielder Andreas Pereira out to Holland, and it is possible the duo will be the pair not to make the 18-man match day squad.
If Wilson is included however, and not just on the trip to gain experience while a loan deal gets sorted out, then he will hope to seize any chances he receives to go and impress his manager on the big stage.
A goal or a decisive impact could still sway the former Ajax and Bayern Munich boss into deciding to keep him around for the season, and Derby will surely be watching on with interest to see if what happens means anything for their chances.