After only two months, David Moyes has had his worst fears confirmed about the midfield he inherited: It is simply not good enough.
Worse than that, it is beginning to make the Scot look bad—United have lost three of their first seven games in the Premier League.
Throughout the summer Moyes tried and failed to sign Cesc Fabregas, Ander Herrera and Daniele De Rossi—as reported by Mark Ogden of The Telegraph—before finally bringing in Marouane Fellaini from his former club, Everton, but this has still left him with an at-best mediocre set of midfielders.
In the centre, Anderson is embarrassingly bad, and no one is quite sure what Tom Cleverley does; on the flank, Ashley Young has never looked like he belongs at Old Trafford.
Moyes knows the United midfield needs urgent attention, and so this story will run throughout the January transfer window.
Moyes could seek reinforcements, then, with reports in The Daily Mail already linking him with another bid for Herrera and a new bid for the Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke.