Axel Tuanzebe looked like he could be heading out on loan, but has stayed at the club beyond the closure of the transfer deadline.
After shining at Aston Villa last year, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was open to given the defender a chance to flourish in pre-season.
He did just that, impressing while in Australia and China and convincing the Norwegian that he deserves a place in his team.
Now he is more determined than ever to make the breakthrough at Old Trafford.
“There are always different pathways, but we had an in-house meeting with the manager and the coaching staff, and we decided it was best to stay here and continue my development here,” he added.
“I have always wanted to play for Man United and, especially this time around, it is a good time to stay and fight, because I think the manager is really looking to introduce new energy to the squad so it is the perfect opportunity to take.
“It is good, it is all part of the journey and it plays a part into my aims and ambitions for the season. And it just shows the club are willing to put trust in me, put faith in me, to continue and progress.”
Manchester United are not short of options at centre-back meaning there is plenty of competition for places.
Marcos Rojo was set to join Everton for £25million but the Toffees were only interested in a loan move.
Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have stayed put after signing new contracts while Victor Lindelof is poised to partner Harry Maguire at the heart of defence.
Eric Bailly has undergone knee surgery after damaging ligaments in the pre-season win over Tottenham in Shanghai.
Academy product Tuanzebe made he put extra work in over the summer to capture the eye of Solskjaer.
“Just all of the right things – to keep on working hard, you can’t slip up because any time you slip up there will be someone there to take your place,” he added.
“It is a big club. It is always an honour and a privilege to play for this club.
“It should not be taken lightly and it should be brought back to its winning ways and a winning mentality. To have a group of players that can embed that again into the club and pass it on to later generations would be the mission.”
United start their Premier League campaign at home to Chelsea on Sunday.