When a fledgling Paul Pogba flew the Manchester United nest it wasn't because of an acrimonious break-up with Sir Alex Ferguson, nor was it because he felt himself stifled or mistreated at Old Trafford.
No, the starlet decided it was best for his career to move purely because he couldn't be guaranteed the game-time that he so desperately craved.
A lot has changed since his arrival in Turin, not least of all his personal transition from promising starlet to world-recognised star. The 21-year-old has developed in to the linch-pin of a strong Juventus side who now hold back to back Serie A titles, and have somewhat rebuilt their reputation as a force in Europe.
The game-time he was denied at the Premier League champions has been available in abundance in Italy, and it has presented him with the perfect opportunity to effectively polish and hone the skills that United had nurtured in him.
It can hardly be considered a surprise that a number of top clubs are now reportedly preparing to try their hand at luring the in-form Frenchman away from Juve. Chelsea, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain have all been linked with rumoured interest, and when it's considered that the Serie A has seen better days, he may well be tempted to try his hand in more prestigious surroundings.
Of course PSG can't offer him any real advantage on what he already has bar untold sums of millions, but the Premier League may just take his fancy for a multitude of reasons.
And it's with this in mind that I, somewhat ironically, believe that Manchester United should seriously consider joining the throng of suitors queuing for but the slightest chance of his signature.
The benefits of bringing Pogba back are obvious if you're even mildly interested in the Red Devils.
Of all the items on David Moyes' January shopping list, a midfielder with a distinct creative flair ranks amongst the most admissible.
In the France international they have not only a player who will score goals and look to get forward, but also one who provides a strong aerial presence, is as combative as any attack-minded player can hope to be and has the legs to offer a good deal of intensity for the duration of any game.
Coupled with that is the fact that Pogba wouldn't necessarily be inclined to dismiss any interest from United. Not only would his emphatic return provide him with a certain degree of smugness, in a very 'I told you so' sort of way, but he would be be re-entering familiar surroundings in which he could succeed where he once failed.
Whereas at Chelsea and Arsenal he would face a plethora of top competition, he would most certainly enter the Old Trafford fold as something of a returning hero.
As previously stated, David Moyes is seeking the type of player that Pogba embodies, and with the current demand for a squad revamp, would hardly be ready to buy him only to leave him to rot on the bench.
So it's with curious intrigue that I suggest United turn their names into the hat comprised of those after the precocious youngster.
What Sir Alex Ferguson denied him, David Moyes would be all too happy to offer up on a silver-platter, and his development has demanded the attention of Europe.
He may be considered United's lost jewel for the time-being, but he could just as easily return to become their star.