As we steamroll towards the January transfer window, the David Moyes rebuilding program is finally going to leave its dock and set sail for waters which Manchester United have not journeyed upon for many years.
The abject failure of the first part of this season has been caused by a cocktail of poor form, injuries and what seems to be a lack of desire from individuals within the current squad.
As Wayne Rooney's performances have kept United with their heads above water, it is the annually reliable defence that has threatened to drag the team under, drowning in a sea of mediocrity and fear.
Moyes will surely look at refreshing his defensive options as soon as possible, as the aging trio of Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra show they are no longer the world-class footballers they once were.
Here we look at six defensive options that Moyes could look towards, assisting him with a late season onslaught for Champions League qualification, and helping him fashion a United team that can compete for the title once again.