Louis van Gaal claimed Jesse Lingard was not ready for his first senior call-up to the England squad and would have been annoyed to see Roy Hodgson ignore his advice.
After his sudden rise to prominence within the Manchester United squad, the 22-year-old was sworn in for Tuesday's game against France to replace the injured Michael Carrick.
You may have thought Van Gaal was looking after the best interests of his newfound left-wing star, but it is possible the Dutchman was trying to save his club a significant amount of money.
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According to the Daily Star's chief sports writer Jeremy Cross, Lingard will wake up tomorrow morning £50,000 richer if he so much as graces the turf at Wembley tonight.
A clause in his Manchester United contract states the one-off bonus will be made when he claims his first senior cap for the Three Lions. Appearing for England against Les Bleus will be another step in what has been a significant rise in his stock.
Indeed, Lingard has only made seven appearances for the Red Devils this season but has sufficiently impressed and is now ahead of Memphis Depay in the pecking order.
If the trajectory continues on a similar path, Lingard is almost certain to find himself on the plane – or Eurostar – to France for next summer's European Championships.
However, with just two Premier League starts to his name, his inclusion has left football fans debating whether it is too easy to get an England cap if you play for one of the Premier League's top clubs.
But his inclusion only appears to be the result of injuries to a number of players who would almost certainly be playing tonight. With a full squad available, Lingard may well find himself much further down the pecking order than he might think.
List of injured England players
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - Arsenal
Theo Walcott - Arsenal
Danny Welbeck - Arsenal
Jack Wilshere - Arsenal
James Milner - Liverpool
Jordan Henderson - Liverpool
Daniel Sturridge - Liverpool
Luke Shaw - Manchester United