Manchester United fans in the Football Transfer Tavern have been comforting themselves with the fact they went above arch-rivals Liverpool in the Premier League table prior to the international break.
However, that does little to mask that the Red Devils have suffered their worst start to a league season since 1986, despite spending close to £150 million on new players in the summer.
A title challenge in Louis van Gaal’s first season looks out of the question and it seems as though they will be battling fellow slow starters Liverpool and Arsenal for a top four place come the end of the season.
And despite a poor start, the positive news for United fans is that they have spending power far superior to their rivals, with van Gaal set to strengthen even further once that January transfer window opens.
Given the world class talent that has already arrived at Old Trafford, the press have enjoyed linking United with a January move for just about every world class talent in Europe.
Here, we have gone through the rumours and identified five players we think will be on Louis van Gaal’s January wishlist.