As Manchester United
's pre-season preparations stepped up a notch against Inter Milan on Saturday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer picked what he considered his strongest line-up available.
It was therefore an extremely positive sign for 21-year-old Daniel James to be included, though you could see he has learning to do at this high level.
Remarkably, it's still less than a year since James made his senior debut in league football, for Swansea
Yet he fits like a glove into the 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 Solskjaer wants to play with rapid wingers.
Signs are James may have a bigger role in the coming season than people thought when he signed from Swansea for £15million last month.
On this occasion, it was tough going for him in a hot, humid Singapore National Stadium.
James was mainly deployed on the right with Anthony Martial on the other flank and Marcus Rashford between them, with the wingers given license to swap over to try and unsettle Inter.
The rapidly-quick James has won all the sprinting tests on United's tour and that will come in handy when Solskjaer tries to hit teams on the break in the Premier League.
But this was a different exercise. Canny Inter got numbers back and James lacked the space in which to utilise his major asset.
He tried manfully to make himself available to Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Paul Pogba when United marauded forward but to be honest the excitable shrieks from the Singapore crowd were usually for players other than him.
When he did find room to cross, the first couple found Inter heads and the third was a low fizz beyond the far post.
Near half-time came his big chance to score the opening goal but he went for power rather than placement and slashed his finish into the side netting to plenty of groans.
Improving his composure in front of goal will certain to be on his 'to do' list.
United were by far the better team in a goalless first half - 61% possession and 10 shots to three - but the fluency was mainly down the left where Luke Shaw and Martial caused problems.
James stuck to his instructions of hugging the touchline to make the pitch as wide as possible, without creating any individual magic.
However, there was a glimpse of things to come when a burst of acceleration saw him get a shove in the back, earning United a free-kick in a dangerous area. Ole will love that.
James was part of wholesale changes made by Solskjaer after an hour. He may have felt dissatisfied with his end product but it was symbolic that he trudged off with Pogba and Rashford rather than coming in with the young "reserves" like Tahith Chong.
Nobody said it was going to be easy to make the jump from the Championship to the biggest club in England, let alone make the immediate impact of a Ryan Giggs, now his Wales manager.
But James can be heartened by even being in Solskjaer's starting XI. It suggests he'll be given the chance to be more than a bit-part player.
He'll just have to learn on the job if he wants to keep Alexis Sanchez out of the team long-term.