Ole Gunnar Solskjaer indicated that he could look at using Donny van de Beek as an alternative to the attacking trident of Manchester United on the left of Marcus Rashford.
The Dutch international remains the only summer addition in the latest transfer window at Old Trafford.
With Premier League and Carabao Cup action is seen in the middle of the park, he has been eased into the fold.
In the season opener against Crystal Palace, his goal account was opened off the bench, though imagination was on full display in meetings with Luton and Brighton.
With Solskjaer bringing in another choice to contend with Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes, Van de Beek was expected to fill a playmaking post for United.
However, the manager of the Red Devils has suggested that the Dutchman could be used in a wider capacity as reinforcements in that department prove difficult to come by.
On the back of a 3-0 Carabao Cup victory over Brighton, Solskjaer told Van de Beek reporters: “I think he can play tonnes of different positions, which is a strength for a player sometimes. Often I note I’m right-wing, left-wing, center-forward, 10 and I think Donny is one of the guys that the coach would love to have in their squad.
“He has very, very high intelligence in footballing. He went through the Ajax system tactically, and Dutch football is tactical. He knows football and all the talks I’ve had with him, and you can see that he’s screwed his head-on”