The return of Paul Scholes to the squad may have been a boost to the Old Trafford outfit against Man City in the FA Cup but short term Sir Alex Ferguson will need to spend to retain the Premier League title.
Nemanja Vidic injured, Darron Gibson on his way to Everton, Federico Macheda to QPR and Wayne Rooney reported as being unsettled.
Defensive frailties, lack of a midfield general and a forward line that fails to consistently impress and above all the chinks in the Man City armoury and Ferguson will go for the jugular.
Gary Cahill who still has not signed for Chelsea may find the trip down the M61 more palatable, Christopher Samba disillusioned with the Venky's, Frank Lampard unhappy with sitting on the bench and Spurs still to resolve the Luka Modric saga and Demba Ba mentioned in despatches and what might be considered fantasy football has credence.
Vidic and Patrice Evra were signed in the January window.