Regan Slater cemented himself in Chris Wilder's plans moving forward, with a bone crunching tackle at Ipswich Town that was certainly noted by the boss.
The manager, who has high hopes for the 18-year-old, threw him on at half-time following an injury to goalscorer Nathan Thomas and Slater did his chances of more game time in the future no harm at all.
Wilder remarked: "I know we're early into the year, but the highlight for me was that tackle from Regan, that was made in Sheffield!
"Duffy was sitting with us, looking at him thinking where has that come. He cemented their lad with a proper tackle, he's a good kid and I'm delighted for him.
"I know what it is like to be from the city and make a mark at your hometown club and I wanted to make sure he took the plaudits at the end."
The United chief added: "We've got a great Academy, a lot of the praise should go to the people involved there, the scouting is excellent, know we're looking for those with us to kick on.
"They've got to be good enough, that's crucial, I won't just play them for the sake, Regan deserves his chance and I would have loved to have got Norrington-Davies on to.
"Regan did well, he showed people what he's about, know he must get his head down in the U23s and wait for his next opportunity."