Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville admits it would come as no great surprise to him if the Premier League champions reach next month's transfer deadline without having made a signing of note.
Only Guillermo Varela has arrived at Old Trafford this summer, with the deal for the young Uruguayan completed before David Moyes even began official duties as the club's new manager.
Moyes has been frustrated in his pursuit of a number of targets, with Manchester United proving fruitless in their attempts to recruit a playmaker of recruit following the retirement of Paul Scholes.
Manchester United had made Cesc Fabregas their transfer window priority, but the former Arsenal captain looks set to reject their advances and stay as a Barcelona player.
The lack of activity so far is far from an ideal start to Moyes' reign at the club, but Neville says it was almost to be expected following the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of last season.
Manchester United, adds Neville, have also been unsettled by Ed Woodward replacing David Gill as chief executive, and the ex-Red Devils defender and admits the upheaval was always likely to have a detrimental effect.
"David Gill and Sir Alex Ferguson were inseparable, a great partnership," Neville said at Sky Sports press launch.
"To have both change at once is a big upheaval at the club obviously, but you've got to remember Ed Woodward has been there for a number of years himself, so it's not like he's been parachuted in.
"David Moyes obviously doesn't know the club but he has gone through the system and the process the right way so you think it's the next step for him to be able to get there.
"It's not been a club that's ever worked in the immediate, it's always worked on a plan, the fact that they'll look at things objectively. It wouldn't surprise me if they didn't sign anybody. "They won't spend money in a desperate manner."