Manchester United suffered an early season loss in October that made fans and other clubs doubt their potential success this season.
The 6-1 drop to Manchester City set a picture for the season that showed spots that need to be filled in. The midfield is lacking, but a list of players for other clubs could tighten the connection between the backfield and front and lift United out of their slump.
This 28-year-old midfielder has showed routine strong performances for both Italy and Roma. Although his strength lies in the backfield with smart defensive positioning, he doesn't avoid the goal, striking from a distance.
His contract expires next year, so Manchester United could make a buy come January.
Thing teenager is a hot commodity. The 19-year-old German has made a name for himself after his performance for his club team Dortmund and for the national team.
This midfielder has it all, with vision and a finishing tough and an unmatched ability to run throughout the field with speed. As his age allows, he's restless.
After suffering a critical injury at the start of the 2011 season, this Celtic left back worked to get back to full form again.
Once this is complete, this Scottish player of the year could prove to be the perfect alternative to current United left back Patrice Evra who has been slipping in the backfield.
Unusually large for a soccer player, this 6-foot-4 center back plays like Rio Fernandino with athleticism. His size and positioning gets gives him the advantage in headers and air balls.
He currently plays for Borussia Dormund but was linked to multiple clubs this past summer, showing off his power.
This Valencia left back has been sought after by Sir Alex Ferguson for some time now.
The 22-year-old is quick to loose balls and has a cross that will set up in the box goal potentials that United will benefit from.
This center back is considered one of best defenders in Europe.
This 27-year-old has field and ball awareness and leadership that would mix well with some of the young players United holds on their roster and some that may soon find a place on it.
Martinez captained Spain's U21 team this year, setting a name for himself.
Like Neven Subotic, his 6-foot-3 frame makes him a threat everywhere on the field. On defense, he's quick to execute the tackle and to make plays. While he plays midfield for Athletic Bilbao, he could fit in better with a more talented club in Manchester United.
For Sneijder, it's about the experience he can bring to Manchester United. The Dutch midfielder has played in the Champions League Finals and the World Cup, and would add this to the current midfield.
In the lacking United midfield, Tiote would be another addition to fill in the gaps. And he's got all the tenacity and tackling skills they'll need.
Another one with height. And this guys not afraid to wear pink.
Although he hasn't played as well as his past year, signing with United would pair him up with players like Nemanja Vidic.