In a trial match for the Old Trafford club as a seven-year-old – giving two years to those around him – he scored a hat-trick. He was indeed on his way... out of the club, it transpired.
“It was one of those school-holiday sessions and I scored three in a 5-1 win,” Le Fondre recalled to the Sunday Mirror.
“But afterwards Wilf McGuiness told my dad and myself that United were not going to take me on. He said I was too lazy. I just cried in the shower afterwards.”
But Glen Le Fondre was not one to allow his son to sulk.
“My dad is the biggest influence on me by far,” said Le Fondre, 25. “He was also my worst critic. I would score a few goals, felt good and he was still not happy!”