Manchester United have engineered a remarkable turnaround in their bid to retain their Premier League title.
A little more than a month ago they trailed local rivals Manchester City at the top of the table. Now they hold a five-point lead over them with just five matches of the campaign remaining.
Despite looking once again like the best team in England, a club of United's size and wealth is always going to be linked with a multitude of players, even outside of the two designated transfer windows.
But as Alex Ferguson has learned in the past, not every signing is guaranteed to succeed at Old Trafford, regardless of reputation, ability, medal collection or transfer fee. Juan Sebastian Veron is proof enough of that.
Here are seven players who have been linked to United in the media but may not be best signings the club could make this summer.