Manchester United boss David Moyes continues to scour Europe for a central midfielder who can fill the void left by Paul Scholes.
Anderson - who was originally signed to be Scholes' long-term replacement - has failed to hold down a place in Manchester United's first team, while Darren Fletcher continues to struggle with illness.
Red Devils star Ryan Giggs is approaching his 40th birthday and Michael Carrick is nursing an injury at the moment, maybe due to the midfielder having to play week-in, week-out due to Manchester United's reliance on the England international.
Moyes also has Marouane Fellaini at his disposal but he has so far failed to get to grips with life at Old Trafford.
With all the aforementioned points in mind, Manchester United boss Moyes has no choice but to sign at least one central midfielder before the January transfer window slams shut.
Manchester United have this week been linked with making a move for long-term target Wesley Sneijder.
The former Inter Milan and Real Madrid star is currently plying his trade at Galatasaray, where he has been in fine form this season by scoring four goals in nine games for the Super Lig outfit.
Sneijder would add strength to Manchester United's faltering midfield as he has the skill and vision to dictate play from midfield.
Sabah reported that Manchester United were even prepared to offer Nani or Antonio Valencia in exchange for the Dutchman, which shows just how desperate Moyes is to land a world-class midfielder.
However Moyes should not stop at bringing just one outstanding midfielder to Old Trafford - as he needs two.
Another midfielder in Sneijder's class, who would also be available for a minimal fee by Manchester United's standards, is Andrea Pirlo.
The 34-year-old Italian international continues to play a major role for Juventus in both Serie A and the Champions League.
However Pirlo's current deal runs out at the end of the season, with reports suggesting that he may want to experience playing for a side outside of Serie A before he hangs up his boots.
With that in mind, Juventus may decide to cash in on Pirlo during the winter window. If not, clubs outside Italy - such as Manchester United - can open talks with the former AC Milan star from January 1 2014.
Manchester United have to improve their midfield options during the next two transfer windows if they are to challenge for silverware during the next couple of seasons. And Sneijder and Pirlo may just be the men to strengthen their squad.