When Toni Kroos considers his options for this summer, how much of a factor will his midweek omission be?
Toni Kroos' sensational performance for Bayern Munich in the Champions League at The Emirates three weeks ago set Manchester United fans' pulses racing.
Not only his stunning goal, but his absolute control of the midfield - outshining Thiago Alcantara, a player fans were desperately hoping would sign a year ago.
Kroos is a summer target for Manchester United, with the player acknowledging their interest and admitting he faces a big decision in the summer, when he will have just a year left on his contract.
His form since the second round first leg has continued to be of the very highest quality, with Bayern winning every match with a comfortable scoreline.
So it was certainly a surprise when he was left on the bench for the return visit of Arsenal in midweek, sitting on the sidelines during the crucial encounter.
His replacement certainly wasn't bad. His experienced fellow German international Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Schweinsteiger shows no sign of going anywhere this summer, and with Javi Martinez in the mix too, Bayern have a multitude of options.
Kroos knows he has no guaranteed place, this was highlighted in midweek when he was left out, at a time when he really will not have expected it.
It could be significant for Manchester United in their pursuit of the German. The likelihood is that Kroos even if he signs a new contract could face a similar scenario in the future, even in a bigger game in later rounds.
Would this happen at Manchester United? It's unlikely that would be the case, not on the back of a run of games of superb form.
Kroos will not be going to United to be 'another piece in the jigsaw', he will be switching as the jewel of the club's summer business, adulated like the central midfielder fans have craved for so long who can take them to the net level.
There is no such thing as an automatic pick, but hard to figure David Moyes paying huge money for Kroos, and then leaving him on the bench for a Champions League knockout game.
Kroos will be a cut above players like Tom Cleverley, while at Bayern his competitors like Thiago are on an even keel.
How this affects him will be down to what he really wants. Does Kroos desire to be the main man, or is he happy being just one member of a team of them, in the knowledge that his place will never be guaranteed? Is it simply all about the money?
After the first leg when it had seemed Bayern would offer him the contract he had been searching for, the second leg against the Gunners brought United hope due to his omission, and they would do well to play on this during any negotiations.
Could Kroos' midweek omission help sway him towards United?