Manchester United manager David Moyes insists the club will still be able to attract the best players this summer, despite the likelihood of the club not competing in the Champions League next season.
The Red Devils are facing the prospect of missing out on a Champions League place for the first time in 18 years after crashing out of Europe's premier club competition on Wednesday night. United took the lead against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena, but eventually lost 4-2 on aggregate after conceding three second-half goals.
Moyes's side can no longer qualify for next season's competition by winning it, while the only other avenue available to them - qualifying via a top-four finish - appears extremely unlikely to happen.
The reigning Premier League champions are seven points off fourth-placed Arsenal with five matches left to play, while Tottenham and Everton are also above them in the table.
But Moyes believes, and perhaps even knows, that the world's best players will still welcome a move to Old Trafford over the forthcoming months.
"My focus is on getting a side together to get back in the Champions League," he told reporters after the Bayern Munich defeat. "We're looking to spend the right money on players who are available and it's not anything to do with Champions League.
"Any players we've quietly discussed it with are more than happy to join Manchester United. They know it's not a long-term thing."
The Red Devils have been strongly linked with Bayern Munich's £40m-rated midfielder Toni Kroos, along with the likes of Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho and Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus.