The transfer window in January is classically a time of inactivity for Manchester United.
However, it cannot come soon enough for David Moyes.
United's poor start to the season has been compounded by a huge drop in performance levels from their senior professionals and the injury to Michael Carrick, which has ripped the heart from their midfield.
In just a few weeks, Moyes will finally get to spin the transfer roulette wheel and reinforce the weakest parts of his squad. The bigger questions are how much he will have to spend and who he can actually get with teams in the middle of Champions League campaigns.
The two players it appears United are keenest to sign are Fredy Guarin of Inter Milan and Eliaquim Mangala from Porto.
They play in the two critical positions that have let down United most this season.
Moyes is famed for the depth of his scouting, and the United manager was present in Madrid to watch the player. The disastrous form of his senior defenders will almost definitely push the United manager into making a quick acquisition, and Mangala fits the mandate.
It appears that Inter would be prepared to listen to offers for the player, but this may involve a swap deal for United's Chicharito, as the Italian giants are looking to rebuild their squad. Even though the Mexican would be a loss, Moyes might feel Guarin would give him something the squad clearly does not possess at present.
Guarin and Mangala would be fantastic signings, but would they save United's season?
As good as both players are, you would expect them to take time to settle in, and neither player is in the "world class" bracket of footballers many United supporters crave as signings.
However, these two men would be the initial building blocks for a new era under Moyes.
Both players are tough and would add muscle to United without sacrificing technique. Their predicted transfer fees also fit the Glazer's strict transfer budget, with the added bonus of Guarin's Champions League eligibility.
Would Guarin and Mangala Save Manchester United's Season?
These seven players would finally give United the flexibility and diversity all top teams need in their central cores and would drive United back toward the top of the Premier League.