With Manchester City holding firm at the top of the league, more and more column inches are being reserved for the usual writing of Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United's chances for not only this season, but the future of football as a whole.
According to the assembled voices, we are about to see United drop dead from their newly conquered perch and fall into free-fall descent, entering another cycle of barren, trophy-less seasons. Could we be seeing the beginnings of the end for the Ferguson Old Trafford dynasty?
United have been here before of course in the post-Busby years, having been brought back to top by Sir Alex throughout the '90s. It is too soon to predict a slump from the top of same size and magnitude of Liverpool in the late '80s, but if United were to buy big in January in an attempt to stave off any such decline, who would be the ideal candidates?
Here are 10 players to keep Sir Alex Ferguson in trophies this season.