With just over a month left until the transfer window slams shut for another four months, the rumour mill has kicked into overdrive.
Clubs are now scrambling to fill any holes in their squad before the season kicks off and Man Utd are no different.
With moves for Robin van Persie (as per the Daily Mail), Lucas Moura (via Goal.com), and Leighton Baines (according to Goal.com) rumoured to be still in the works, I will look at a few fallback options should these moves fail.
The obvious holes in the side are at fullback, centre midfield, and up front, so I will provide a couple of names that the club should consider.
He has been heavily linked with Newcastle by Goal.com, among others, but surely a move to Old Trafford would be too good to turn down.
Despite recently inking a new long-term deal, there are still question marks surrounding Rafael particularly his proneness to injury.
Having someone of Debuchy’s quality to challenge him would surely help his development.
Debuchy has the quality to be a starter if required and wouldn’t cost too much given his rumoured unhappiness at Lille.
At the start of the summer if you mentioned his name in connection with a move to England, many would have asked, “Victor who?” Nonetheless, he has become one of the hottest names on the market in recent weeks.
Having watched him at Celtic last season, I can see why the big boys are looking his way.
Strong in the tackle and calm in possession, he could fill a gap at United left by Owen Hargreaves's departure and Darren Fletcher's unfortunate illness.
He may be the lesser known Bender twin, but he could be the more talented.
He is also more likely to be open to a move, given that Leverkusen are no longer the force they were in the early noughties.
Much like his brother he is what Eric Cantona might describe as a "water carrier." He is happy to sit back anchoring the midfield and protecting the back four, where he excels in his passing. He is very economical on the ball, which would fit in nicely alongside Michael Carrick in midfield.
ESPN has reported the Bayern Munich are interested, which could drive the price above what we are willing to pay.
Borja Valero is a player that spent a long time last season being linked with a move to United but whose name has since fallen off the radar.
After suffering relegation last season with Villarreal, he would undoubtedly welcome a move, but Villarreal will be keen to hold onto him to help regain their sport in La Liga.
He would be a short-term option, but given the similarities in his game and Carrick’s, he would be a seamless addition available at a respectable price.
With names like Mario Gotze, Marco Reus, and Toni Kroos dominating the limelight, Julian Draxler has slipped in under the radar for many.
But that says nothing for his quality as I believe he will as good, if not better, than the names I mentioned earlier.
He is a tall, elegant midfielder with an eye for a pass who would fit in nicely behind Michael Carrick and Paul Scholes in the rotation.
Having just graduated high school, he may be open to a move abroad, though FC Schalke will put up a fight to retain his services.
An unlikely target given his high profile, but for me, David Villa is someone United should consider even ahead of Robin van Persie.
Barcelona may have to move on Neymar ahead of schedule and will need to free up funds to do so. An offer of between 10 and 15 million may be enough to tempt them to sell the Spanish international.