Manchester United's assertion that they opted against activating Pedro's release clause raised a few eyebrows in the world of football.
The Spaniard went on to join Chelsea in a deal worth £21.4 million, in what his agent described as a whirlwind 24 hours hours, and his performance for the Blues today showed that if the Red Devils did not want him, they surely should have.
The 28-year-old produced a man of the match display, scoring and assisting a goal to help Chelsea to their first win of the season, a day after United laboured to a 0-0 draw at home to Newcastle United.
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It took the former Barcelona man just 20 minutes to open his account for the Stamford Bridge club before turning provider to his international college Diego Costa ten minutes later.
Fans of Chelsea and other clubs were quick to poke fun at Manchester United on Twitter as Pedro showcased the talents that the Red Devils passed up on. Even United fans were questioning the decision.
£21.4m for a player who has won five La Liga titles, three Copa del Reys, three Champions Leagues, a World Cup and a European champion winners medal seems somewhat of a steal.
United have now turned their attention an alternative for Pedro. Having been told Sadio Mane will not be leaving Southampton, the Red Devils have been linked with such names as Aleksandr Kokorin, Felipe Anderson and even Pedro's former team-mate Neymar.
But only time will tell whether United's decision to allow a Premier League rival to swoop for a player with such proven class will come back to haunt them.