It will come as a bitter blow to West Bromwich Albion fans that Kieran Richardson has set himself a double goal for next season: to help Manchester United regain the Premiership title and force his way into the 2006 World Cup squad.
His twin targets follow his spectacular England breakthrough against the United States in Chicago and offer the clearest indication yet that the mercurial player is unlikely to return to The Hawthorns after helping Albion avoid relegation.
Richardson said: "What has happened has been a dream and hopefully it will carry on and I can get in the England squad for the World Cup. I hope I have given Sir Alex Ferguson food for thought. I want to be a Manchester United player."
When he scored the winning goals at the Soldier Field Stadium on Saturday, Richardson became the first player to score twice on his England debut since former Ipswich and Liverpool striker David Johnson against Wales at Wembley 30 years ago.
Johnson made only seven more appearances for his country, despite a healthy return of six goals, but Richardson can look forward to winning many more caps if he sustains and builds on his explosive start.
While he is quick to recognise the importance of his loan spell at Albion and their manager Bryan Robson in kick-starting a career that had struggled to move out of second gear at Old Trafford, it will come as scant consolation to Albion fans if, as expected, he stays in United.
Richardson's thoughts are on the future and he is desperate to play on a more regular basis for United and be part of Sven-G?ran Eriksson's squad in Germany in just over 12 months.
He said: "Sven has a great squad and competition for places is great for him. For a long time there was a drought in terms of who could play on the left-hand side but now he's got Stewart Downing and Joe Cole.
"But, yes, the left-hand side is up for grabs and I believe I could do that job. We have a few lads battling for it and there's a World Cup coming up so hopefully this season I can play well and force my way into the squad.
"I believe in my ability but, of course, I'm not getting carried away. I only got in because someone dropped out [Downing] but words can't express how I feel right now. There's no better feeling than to score for your country."
To have more opportunities, Richardson knows he has to be playing at club level on a regular basis. He did not play a single Premiership match for United last season before the lifeline offered at The Hawthorns.
He said: "It has really helped me playing regularly in the Premiership. I have become stronger and gained great experience. I think I have come on as a player thanks to the time at West Brom.
"Hopefully I will be going back to United next month a much better player, stronger physically and more confident, and I can establish myself in the Premiership.
"Regular first-team football is the key to have a chance of making the World Cup. If you're not playing in the first team then the gaffer can't see how you're playing - so hopefully next season I can do that for Manchester United. I love United. I've been there since I was 15 and I want to help them to win back the Premier-ship title."
Although unlikely to soften the blow it emerged over the weekend that midfielder Ronnie Wall-work has signed a new contract which will keep him at The Hawthorns for another two years.
The new terms supersede Wallwork's previous contract - which tied the 27-year-old to the club until 2006 - and will keep the 2004-05 Player of the Year on board until June
Manager Bryan Robson said: "This is fantastic news for the club.
"Ronnie's responded really well to everything I've asked of him since I became manager and I'm delighted. What I want him to do now is to continue the form he showed last year."
Wallwork said: "This contract keeps me settled here for another two years and I can't wait for the new season to start.
"Staying up last season was unbelievable but Bryan Robson's been great for this club from the moment he arrived."