Unless reinforcements are brought in, bringing trophies to Old Trafford looks a big ask.
Manchester United have had a difficult time recently by their own high standards, but would their problems be resolved by entering the transfer market?
Sir Alex Ferguson is unsure.
“It is very difficult to buy players in January,” said the Red Devils manager.
“You don’t just want to buy any player simply because it gives you another player. If you are going to buy, you want to buy someone who can make a difference.”
However, Nemanja Vidic has now been ruled out until the end of the season with a knee injury, and suddenly Man Utd need players capable of making that difference in matches.
Although Manchester United have recruited two young centre backs recently in Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, Sir Alex Ferguson has more often than not played them out of that position.
Jones has been trialled in midfield, while Smalling has had to cover at right back after injuries suffered to Brazilian twins Rafael and Fabio.
With Rio Ferdinand suffering regular lapses in fitness and question marks over Jonny Evans’ form, perhaps a move for a centre back may be on the cards in January.
Manchester United have long been linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund centre back Neven Subotic, and perhaps the New Year will be the time for a defence resolution.