Historically Manchester United haven't spent vast sums of money in the January transfer window. But then again, historically Manchester United haven't entered the New Year outside the top six.
Contrary to any rumours (usually from rival supporters, it has to be said) about United's owners, the Glazers, withholding transfer money and siphoning off large sums generated by the club to line their own pockets, United have got money to spend in the transfer window.
Whilst they lack the financial firepower to compete with Chelsea and bitter rivals Manchester City in the marketplace, United could still afford the vast majority of the world's elite football players.
The summer transfer window was a disaster for United. Having been linked to almost every world-class playmaker in the world, they eventually settled on Marouane Fellaini—paying far too much for a player who can't even force his way into the first team. They can't afford to make those kind of mistakes again.
If United bring in strong reinforcements, it could galvanise their campaign. Whilst a title challenge is surely out of their grasp, they could secure Champions League football and begin to build for next season. Get it wrong, and United could miss out on European football, losing revenue and making it more difficult to tempt new faces to Old Trafford.
With this in mind, the next month is arguably as crucial a period as any in their history. We look at five things United need to focus on in the transfer window next month.