Sir Alex Ferguson has hinted that he will let Italian star Giuseppe Rossi off the leash in the new Premiership season.
Rossi arrived at Old Trafford in 2004 from Parma and has been tipped for greatness by many respected figures within the game.
Ferguson has taken a patient approach with Rossi, but such is the teenager's talent, he has already featured in the Scot's first-team plans.
United are short in the attacking department following the sale of Ruud van Nistelrooy to Real Madrid and Rossi is likely to be handed a chance to prove himself in the early weeks of the season, rather than be sent out on loan.
"We want to see Giuseppe progress as a centre forward and it is looking more likely he will stay with us now," said Ferguson.
United are likely to make their first signing of the summer early next week after agreeing a fee with Tottenham Hotspur for Michael Carrick, but Ferguson has denied bidding for his Spurs team-mate Jermain Defoe.
"There has not been any interest from us [in Defoe]," Ferguson told MUTV.
"As far as the Tottenham situation is concerned, we made a move for Michael Carrick - but that is all we did.
"He is the only Tottenham player we are interested in at the moment and I think it will stay that way."