Paul Pogba is tearing up Serie A. Shinji Kagawa is drawing unfavourable comparisons with Juan Sebastian Veron.
It is as good a time as any to have a look at the ones that got away and the ones who turned up but, like anchovies on a pizza, were not what was ordered.
Manchester United have been blessed with some of the most talented players in history reaching their peak in a red shirt, but this list is not about them.
This list is about those who would have been wearing a red shirt if Manchester United were the Starship Enterprise.
It is about the players who make you look longingly at their career and think "what if" and the players who make you raise an eyebrow as they do a bad impression of their former selves on the Old Trafford pitch.
Without further ado, the XI...
And here's hoping Juan Mata never finds his way onto one of these. (He won't. I just wanted to mention Juan Mata).