During his very first summer in the Old Trafford dugout, it would evidently be fair to suggest that David Moyes did not enjoy a particularly prosperous transfer window.
While he failed to entice a number of high-profile players to Manchester United in an attempt to boost the squad bequeathed to him by the iconic figure of predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson, many fans were slightly confused to see Moyes frantically strive to acquire a new left-back.
Such bemusement appeared to stem from a belief that in Patrice Evra, United already had a fully capable player to fulfil the position.
However, with the Frenchman's contract set to expire at the end of the current campaign and no signs of a potential new deal imminent, it is widely expected that Moyes will be on the hunt for a successor once again during the January window.
With that in mind, here GMS identifies five potential left-backs who could replace Evra...
Let's begin with the obvious. United and Moyes clearly wanted to sign Baines from Everton during the summer, making offers that ultimately only provoked an admirably resolute stance from the Toffees who refused to part with arguably their prize asset.
Many expect United to go back in for Baines when the market re-opens for business once again in the new year, with the England international having only boosted his lofty standing with a number of truly impressive and assured displays for both club and country already this season.
Another left-back who was very much on Moyes' radar during the summer was Real Madrid's Coentrao. Having appeared to finally have admitted defeat in their pursuit of Baines, United turned to the Portuguese at the last moment on deadline day, only to see a potential loan move move scuppered due to timing issues with the necessary paperwork.
With top-flight rivals Spurs reportedly plotting a January loan move, United will have to act fast if they still have designs on enticing Coentrao away from La Liga. With Moyes crying out for upgrades out wide as well as at full-back, the versatile Coentrao would be a very astute signing indeed.
One of the latest graduates of Southampton's remarkably prolific youth academy, 18-year-old Shaw is arguably the most exciting young player currently plying his trade in the Premier League.
Given his excellent and consistent form and indeed his English nationality, Shaw is likely to command an exorbitant fee when he does eventually depart St. Mary's. However, with over a decade at the elite level left ahead of him, United would be wise to move early to ensure that they are at the front of the queue.
Sevilla starlet Moreno is the latest left-back to be linked with a potential move to the Premier League champions.
The 21-year-old is already gaining a number of admirers in La Liga having established himself as a first-team regular of late.
While the other names featured on this list have been mentioned in connection with possible transfers to Old Trafford, German international Schmelzer could be considered somewhat of a wildcard.
However, the tenacious 25-year-old is a criminally underrated member of Jurgen Klopp's popular Borussia Dortmund outfit and could be willing to move to a club with such undeniable prestige and where he may also finally receive the recognition that he deserves.
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