Manchester United were reportedly interested in Marco Reus earlier this summer, but for one reason or the other they failed to sign the Borussia Dortmund star.
The Germany international has been made the vice-captain of the team and now looks set to play for them for at least the 2014-15 campaign.
Reus has established himself as a world-class attacking player in the past two seasons and is one of the best in his position on the planet.
The 25-year-old missed the 2014 World Cup due to an ankle injury and was initially expected to be out of action until September.
However, Reus has made a speedy recovery and has started both of Dortmund’s Bundesliga matches so far this season.
Against Bayer Leverkusen last weekend, Reus was not at his best and failed to prevent Jurgen Klopp’s side from slumping to a shock 2-0 defeat at Signal Iduna Park (click here to read more).
But on Friday evening, the United target was back to his best and played a starring role in Dortmund’s edgy 3-2 victory over Augsburg away from home.
Reus scored a goal, provided an assist and created six chances during the 87 minutes he was on the pitch at the SGL Arena.
Dortmund did not enjoy a comfortable win against their Bundesliga rivals on Friday, but Reus, who is rated at £44 million, had a good game on a personal level.
The former Borussia Monchengladbach attacking midfielder opened the scoring in the 11th minute and then set up Sokratis Papastathopoulos for the second goal just three minutes later.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, United once again lacked enough imagination, flair and creativity in attack as they settled for a goalless draw with Burnley at Turf Moor in the Premier League.
The Red Devils have yet to win a competitive match under new manager Louis van Gaal, and although United do have some top-quality attacking players, one wonders whether the European giants should have tried harder to sign Reus.
Should Manchester United have tried harder for Marco Reus?