The form of Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes reportedly stopped Sir Alex Ferguson from making a bid for Jack Rodwell.
The former England international has started the season in a rich vein of form, producing a man of the match display against Newcastle, scoring against Fulham and anchoring the Red Devils to victory over West Ham.
A 35-year-old legend at Old Trafford, Scholes made his debut for United in 1994 and has made close to 650 appearances in all competitions for the club. The player himself thought his career might be drawing to a close last season, although his early season involvement suggests there are more years in the tank.
Questions had been raised over the age of a core of United players, and Ferguson was thought to have earmarked Everton starlet Jack Rodwell as a summer signing for the club.
The England U21 international rose to prominence at the end of last season with a goal against United emphasising his improvement a player.
A bid in the region of £15 million was mooted, but the Manchester Evening News report that United decided to delay any move for the player after Scholes' sensational start.
His form has even led to calls for an England return, with the midfielder admitting he regretted turning down a chance to play for the Three Lions in the World Cup.
However, Ferguson believes the player's lack of involvement at international level has been an integral part of the player maintaining such fine form.
Manchester United meet Everton at Goodison Park this weekend, with Scholes and Rodwell set to go head-to-head in the centre of the park. The master will look to show his potential successor that there's life in the old dog yet.