However his own broken leg put his career path off the tracks.
On Tuesday night Manchester United had a fairly poor night in Champions League action. Not only did they lose 2-1 to PSV Eindhoven but they also lost in-form left-back Luke Shaw for what looks like the rest of the season after a serious leg break.
The England international was through on goal when PSV’s Mexican defender Hector Moreno dived in to make a last-ditch challenge. Unfortunately, the tackle saw Shaw suffer a double leg fracture and looks set for a lengthy absence.
Moreno himself will know how Shaw feels. He suffered a terrible injury of his own at the World Cup in 2014, when once again he was making a last-ditch challenge – this time on Netherlands star Arjen Robben.
In the wake of the challenge many felt Moreno’s challenge was reckless and deserved a red card, with a mass of United fans expressing their disdain after the game.
However, they might have been calling him one of their own if things has panned out differently.
Prior to the World Cup in 2014 it was being reported by numerous outlets that Manchester United were lining up a bid for Moreno when he was still an Espanyol player. The Express, International Business Times and The Mirror all reported the news at the time.
The Mexican international had impressed under Louis van Gaal before, whilst at AZ Alkmaar, and the then-incoming United boss was linked with his signature.
Moreno then impressed in Brazil, adding weight to the rumours but that injury against Holland left him out of action for six months and no deal ever happened.
This summer, after struggling for his best form after his return from injury he headed to PSV and has already made himself something of a hero at the club with his goal against United.