On the positive side, however, there remain a number of names whose moves to the red side of Manchester still seem highly possible, if not probable.
As promised, this article analyses five of these players who appear much more likely to see their projected moves to Manchester United come to fruition, giving reasons why the transfers now look all the more possible.
The latest young talent to turn out for Ajax, Fischer has amassed impressive scoring records at youth level for both club and country.
And Ajax’s rich history of producing stars of the future only to sell them on for super-normal profits would suggest that the Dutch club will be more than willing to negotiate with Manchester United; that’s just the way things work at Ajax.
Though United currently have an abundance of talent in the striking positions, adding a name for the future to their ranks would be more realistic development than some of the other transfer rumors that we’ve heard of late involving bigger and more established stars.
Another youngster, Ince looks set to follow in the footsteps of his father, Paul, by signing for Manchester United.
The 20-year-old impressed last season and already has six league goals this term for Championship side Blackpool.
Nonetheless, it appears that the lure of Manchester United will be too great when compared to that of Championship football. The added family history could also be a decisive factor, so much so that this transfer appears destined to be completed in the near future.
And as well as being feasible, United’s injury crisis in defence would also make this potential transfer very logical.
With Nemanja Vidic, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones all injured, and the likes of Rio Ferdinand a little too susceptible to lengthy lay-offs, strengthening the club’s back line will certainly be a priority for Ferguson.
Hangeland would add quality and physicality to the United defence and could be done so for a reasonable price, hence the move appears very likely to materialise.
As well as strengthening the defence, Ferguson seems to be keen on adding some substance to the Manchester United midfield to compliment the creative of talents of Shinji Kagawa, Paul Scholes and company.
Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama could be the perfect man to fulfil that need.
He is strong, athletic and possesses a real eye for goal, thus providing the perfect foil for the more technical players that United presently possess.
Despite having claimed to be content at current club Celtic, a more competitive league and better financial gains may just be too much for the 21-year-old to resist.
He reportedly snubbed Ferguson over the summer, but surely a second chance to sign for the illustrious Manchester United will be too good to turn down?
Continuing on the theme of midfielders, United have been heavily linked with Dutch midfield enforcer Kevin Strootman.
A very versatile player, he is adept both defensively and offensively and would settle in well alongside fellow compatriots Robin van Persie and Alexander Buttner.
Though current club PSV have ruled out a move, Strootman’s agent seems to think otherwise. And having already re-signed club captain Mark van Bommel during the summer, one would have to agree and think that PSV may be more willing to do business than they are letting on.
Arguably the highest-profile name on this list, Strootman could, and quite possibly will, be a great signing for Manchester United.
Though many of these players’ clubs have tried to calm speculation regarding potential transfers, it seems likely that Sir Alex Ferguson will prevail and successfully attract these stars to Old Trafford come January.
In many cases, this is simply because the lure of a club with the history and success that Manchester United enjoy is too good a chance to turn down.
Of course, these moves may yet be scuppered, and there is still plenty of time for matters to evolve and change before the transfer window reopens on Jan. 1.
But until then, make sure you comment below with your views on these potential transfers, and let me know if you agree or disagree that they appear likely to come to fruition.