Borussia Dortmund's decision to start Jadon Sancho on the substitutes' bench for the second week in succession has got Manchester United fans talking.
MEN Sport understands United are pursuing a deal for the 20-year-old right-winger, who was in red-hot form for the German side before football's shutdown due to coronavirus, scoring 14 goals and laying on 15 assists in the league.
Yet as Dortmund prepare to take on Wolfsburg in their second Bundesliga contest since the division restarted, their boss Lucien Favre has left Sancho on the bench again. Julian Brandt and Thorgen Hazard, who both starred last week at Signal Iduna Park as Dortmund thrashed local rivals Schalke 4-0, start ahead of Sancho. Erling Haaland, once a United target himself, also starts.
But Sancho is the man at the heart of United fans' conversations.
The England international came off the bench last week, though had a limited impact on the game.
And his conspicuous absence from the starting line up, which could simply be due to the minor injury Sancho has been struggling with - or the form of Brandt and Hazard - hasn't been lost on United fans.
Many followers of the Old Trafford club on social media are getting ahead of themselves and are convinced that it means Dortmund are preparing for life beyond Sancho.
Dortmund host Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich on Tuesday night, in a game that could see Sancho return to the first team.
United are expected to press on with their attempts to sign the wide man, amid interest in Aston Villa's Jack Grealish and Birmingham teenager Jude Bellingham.