Following a badly-timed string of injuries at the club, it is looking more and more likely that Manchester United will have to spend in the January transfer window, with Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira making the shortlist.
In his midfield, Sir Alex Ferguson is likely to be without Tom Cleverley and Anderson until February at the soonest, with Darren Fletcher also taking time off from the game to battle a stomach illness.
Phil Jones is doing a more than adequate job in his new role of centre midfielder playing alongside Michael Carrick but central replacements are few in number.
The situation is bad enough that the Scot has apparently asked Paul Scholes to come out of retirement after just five months out of the game.
Despite claiming earlier last week that the Red Devils would not be making any signings in the New Year, defensive injuries are also taking their toll on the side and it’s likely that the Glazer family will need to dip into their purses come January.
Khedira has made almost 50 appearances for Real Madrid since his move from Stuttgart last summer and is rumoured to have came close to signing for the Premier League side 18 months ago.
However, the 24 year-old opted for the sunnier climates of La Liga and has earned the praise of pundits from across Europe, making a name for himself as a no-nonsense holding midfielder that is more than capable of helping out in attack.
Making his senior debut at the age of 22, Khedira is also a German international and has made 24 appearances for Die Mannschaft since 2009, scoring a sole goal.
After the side came close to signing Wesley Sneijder over the summer, critics have commented that Manchester United are in need of a creative midfielder, and although Ferguson may have thought those comments were unfounded in September, injuries may have made it necessary.
The transfer fee for which Khedira moved to Real Madrid is currently unknown, however the Spanish giants have reportedly stamped an £18m price-tag on their valued asset.
Both Chelsea and Manchester City have also showed interest in the midfielder.