There will always be rumours about players Manchester United are going to sign, but perhaps people should listen to Sir Alex Ferguson more carefully.
While the Scottish knight plays a canny game with the media and probably occasionally wickedly misleads its members, some of the wilder recent rumours were never going to happen, let alone in January.
Frank Lampard is not coming to Old Trafford any time soon. Of course Sir Alex admires the player, and if the Wesley Sneijder story has a grain of truth, the United manager would consider another class midfielder.
But Frank is 35 this summer and just think back how many times you've seen him kissing the Chelsea badge on his shirt.
He is incredibly loyal to Chelsea; that is why he is playing his best football despite no contract in sight; and that is why there is no way he would go to United, whatever the offer.
So let's look at some of the more widely touted transfer rumours surrounding Manchester United.
But before we do, consider just two things:
First, the media aren't immune from "fantasy football" type stories, especially when they have to sell newsprint every day.
Second, forget all the rubbish you've read about United not being able to compete financially in the transfer market—the latest being that Financial Fair Play might hobble their ability to buy. This raised its head last week in relation to Cristiano Ronaldo, so let's begin there.