Manchester United run the risk of suffering a very poor and disappointing season due to their lack of transfer activity.
The transfer window reaches its deadline on Monday, and it is sure to throw up plenty of surprises, but after words of praise from new boss David Moyes, some of the Old Trafford faithful are despondent about the chances of any new signings arriving at the club.
To date, Uruguayan under 21 Guillermo Varela is United sole acquisition to date, arriving for a paltry £1million. The window offered such promise early on, that the current predicament they find themselves in comes as a massive surprise.
Former Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara was one of the players to be intensively linked with a move to Old Trafford, after starring at the Under 21 European Championships - capping off a fine tournament with a hat-trick in the final. Unfortunately for United, the advances of current European champions Bayern Munich and former mentor Pep Guardiola was too much of a lure for Thiago to resist.
A whole host of players have been linked with United though. Cesc Fabregas eventually opted to stay at Barcelona following bids from Barcelona getting turned down. Everton duo Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines were the recipients of what Everton considered 'derisory and insulting' bids and just recently United have been linked with Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera and Italian maestro Danielle de Rossi.
Herrera is a player that looks conceivably possible for United to obtain, with the player having a buy-out clause standing at £30million while the Red Devils offered £25 million for his services - inevitably, the bid was rejected.
Athletic Bilbao president has insisted that the only way United can sign Herrera is through activating his release clause. A statement read: "There is an offer for Ander Herrera. We received it yesterday and we have informed that we will not negotiate for our players.
"Our club is different. We create an emotional bond. Our objective is not to make money. For that a player should leave he needs to state his intentions to leave the club and pay the buyout clause."
Herrera will not push for a move, as is the passion and loyalty of Basque-based players to the club. But United cannot be frugal if they want this signing to go through.
It is expected that Belgian powerhouse Fellaini will join United, but despite his evident qualities and how he would improve United, it goes to show how poor United have been in the transfer market if he is the only addition on deadline.
Tottenham have added seven players that immeasurably improves the overall look of their squad, despite losing world-record signing Gareth Bale to Real Madrid. Manchester City have reacted to losing the title by significantly improving the squad.
Chelsea have Jose Mourinho back at the helm, along with a number of signings and despite Arsenal's inactive summer they are close to signing United target Mesut Ozil.
It all paints a worrying picture for United and following a disappointing loss at Anfield to Liverpool, the last thing United fans need is no additions to their side tomorrow. If that is the case, not only could United end up competing for the Premier League title, but they could become embroiled in the race for top four.
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