It's pretty much official—Manchester United will not make a rare foray into the upcoming winter transfer market.
This comes from the top—manager Sir Alex Ferguson recently revealed to journalists that "I will not be bringing anybody in, in January - definitely not" (via Daily Mail).
While the wily, old Scotsman has made similar previous claims and still revitalised his squad, one has to take his word at face value this time around.
United spent close to £40 million on the likes of Robin van Persie, Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell in the summer.
The possible sale of the unsettled Nani would be unlikely to bring in more than say £12-15 million—not really enough to land a primary transfer target.
Then there's the minor detail that the Red Devils currently top the Premier League standings, and have qualified for the knockout stages of Champions League competition.
On paper, could fans have asked for much more?
In Sir Alex's mind, it may seem like any January activity would potentially look like panic buying, especially since it's been a long held tradition for teams of his to start playing their best football in the new year.
Nevertheless, even if Manchester United remain dormant in the next transfer window, other clubs are sure to make high profile signings.
Here are five renowned players, and known targets for Fergie, that could move elsewhere next month, and deprive the club the chance to sign a top, top talent.