Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway tried to bring Wilfried Zaha back from Manchester United up until the very last moment of the transfer window.
A graduate of the south Londoners' academy, the winger joined Manchester United in January for a reported 15million GBP.
Despite the move, Zaha returned to Palace on loan for the remainder of the season and furthered his fans' favourite status by helping propel the club back to the Premier League.
The 20-year-old is now at Old Trafford full-time but is unlikely to feature when the sides meet on Saturday given he has yet to make his Premier League debut for David Moyes' side.
Holloway is not surprised by the fact Sir Alex Ferguson's successor has not yet played him and is part of the reason why he tried to bring him back on loan.
When asked the last time he tried to re-sign Zaha, Holloway said: "The day the window shut. Just in case.
"I think out of respect to them I knew damn well they wouldn't do it. What would that look like? And there will be enough competitions to give him some games.
"I have been continually asking because the person who brought him isn't there anymore.
"I think from Wilf's point of view it would be much easier for Sir Alex to play him.
"David has just gone in and sometimes with Wilf it is a risk as he doesn't always track back.