Right now in the Football Transfer Tavern, our resident Manchester United supporters are revelling in the current misery of our Liverpool counterparts who have to face an embarrassing FA Cup replay with League Two Exeter City tonight of course.
Add into the equation that United had just defeated Liverpool 0-1 at Anfield at the weekend, not to mention the fact that Simon Mignolet has penned a new contract with the Merseyside club and you can see why Red Devils fans are putting the boot in, letting off some steam after their bad mid-season run of results.
But back to United themselves, there is no sign of any new arrivals at Old Trafford at the moment and moving into the latter stages of the January transfer window now, we might not even get one new addition at all.
Of the players linked at the moment, they seem to be ridiculously tall orders in the form of both Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez and Everton’s Romelu Lukaku.
According to the article completed by The Independent today, United must fork out an eye-watering £65 million to land Lukaku while as for Rodriguez, a bid has reportedly been made although it appears unlikely Real will sanction the departure of the out-of-favour Colombian without having their own replacement lined up first.
It may not all been doom and gloom regarding these transfer targets however with the summer window looking like a far more realistic period in landing the duo with time running out this month.
Of course, a lot will depend on whether Manchester United can secure Champions League football for next season. Despite these moves being well, just rumours at the moment, we’ve still inserted the duo into a potential future Manchester United XI just to see how they’d fit in on paper.
Click on the image below to reveal the dream Manchester United XI under Louis van Gaal including James Rodriguez & Romelu Lukaku.