David Moyes can already start crossing certain names off his Christmas shopping list after Edinson Cavani and Cristian Zapata each issued statements of commitment to their current causes.
The South American pair have each been linked with moves to Old Trafford in recent weeks, but are adamant on remaining in their surroundings.
This week Cavani's agent, Claudio Anellucci, spoke to the Italian media (h/t Rob Dawson of the Manchester Evening News), assuring that his client is happy at Paris Saint-Germain and that the French capital is but the latest chapter in his story:
There is nothing that is brewing. He remains in Paris. He's fine. Napoli was a nice chapter, like the one in Palermo, but he goes on always trying to improve as a player and his experience. Paris is an important moment for him.
Dawson confirmed the double blow over Twitter, adding that the Red Devils would be disappointed by the news:
Cavani and Zapata talk about United transfer rumours. It's not good news if you're a Red http://t.co/4aeduc6WWb— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonMEN) December 17, 2013
Meanwhile, Zapata himself commented on his situation and was a lot clearer regarding his intentions. In the wake of Milan's 2-2 draw against Roma, he said: "No, I do not know anything. I just think about Milan. I have a contract until 2016 and I want to stay here.”
Both players will feature at the 2014 World Cup and are likely to play a big role in any success that comes in the direction of Colombia or Uruguay.
It was only at the weekend that the Daily Mail's Simon Jones had linked Cavani with a move to United, Moyes allegedly looking to give his attack some reinforcements.
As Opta Jean shows, the Uruguayan, though going through some growing pains at first, is linking up with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in fine motion:
24 - Ibrahimovic & Cavani have scored as many or more goals than 17 of the Ligue 1 teams this season. Duo.— OptaJean (@OptaJean) December 14, 2013
The news fell on the back of speculation from Steve Bates of the Mirror, who says that the Red Devils had scouted Zapata with the intent of making a more serious move for the defender in 2014.
Of the two, it's Milan's Zapata who would perhaps have made the more logical choice of investment given that the 27-year-old would be cheaper and brought in presumably as a replacement for the ageing Rio Ferdinand or Nemanja Vidic.
On the other hand, having only moved to the French capital over the summer, Cavani would still require a gargantuan fee to purchase, with PSG not necessarily in need of a sale.
However, it seems it matters no more, with the players intent on remaining with their current clubs as they so clearly suggest.
In a way, it helps that Europe's more loyal servants make themselves known earlier, lest United find themselves chasing a lead with no hope of bearing fruit.