Since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager, the reassurance of trophies used to attract big players to the club in the past appears to have vanished.
David Moyes has yet to make a major addition to the squad this summer, after two failed bids for Cesc Fabregas. The Barcelona midfielder put the transfer rumour to rest on Thursday at a press conference after declaring he was happy to stay at Barcelona.
This will come as a major blow to the Red Devils as the Spaniard was their number one target in the transfer window.
Moyes has made just one singing since his arrival at Old Trafford in July - 20-year-old Uruguayan defender Guillermo Verela.
The main problem for Moyes is that the players he wants to bring in are unsure whether to take the risk of playing for a manager who has never won a trophy in his career.
In the past, Man United could have got almost any player they set their eyes on, but now with some of their best players' futures uncertain, and with the current squad not getting any younger, Moyes will have to work extremely hard for the last few weeks of the transfer window in order to secure the signing of a top player.
United's midfield is a problem that badly needs sorting out by Moyes if the club are to compete with the likes of high-spending Chelsea and Manchester City for the title in the coming season.
With inconsistency being a trait of many players in the squad, particularly for the wingers like Nani, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia, all of whom were once extremely important members of the team, the next few weeks will for crucial for United if they are to retain their status as one of the greatest clubs in the world.
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