Ralf Rangnick may only ever have one transfer window as manager of Manchester United so he needs to make the most of it before taking up a role behind the scenes at Old Trafford.
United have never been afraid of spending big but as we’ve seen, money isn’t always the answer to a problem.
The Red Devils look like an outside bet to secure Champions League football next season but a few fresh faces in January could be just the ticket for their interim German manager.
One area that will have to be addressed is in the middle of the park where Paul Pogba’s future is, as always, very much up for debate.
Fred has hardly set the world alight since moving to English shores but under Rangnick, there is a realisation that he could become a key cog in the engine room due to his ability to relentlessly press and hassle opponents.
His aggressive and frantic nature could be the perfect tonic to a certain Frenkie de Jong.
The Dutchman has been continuously linked with a move to Man United in recent weeks and although talks haven’t taken place yet, it would be wise for Rangnick to lure him to the northwest of England this winter.
He is blessed with technical elegance and poise and is capable of thriving in a number of different disciplines, no matter whether it’s in the final third or defensively.
What also stands out is his elite ball carrying, something typified by his numbers for Barcelona.
Not only is he calm and wonderfully gifted but he possesses an abundance of talents that could help him fit in right from the get-go in English football.
After all, this is a player tipped for some incredible things in his career.
Speaking about the Dutchman, Chief football writer at De Telegraaf, Valentijn Driessen said:
“He really does have some touches of Johan Cruyff. That acceleration, that hair, that forward thinking. He is not a second Cruyff, but he really does have the essence of Cruyff. He is our big hope in dark days.”
More eye-catching praise came from ex-Ajax man Arie Haand who added: “Now, you might laugh, but he is a better version of Franz Beckenbauer. People must interpret that properly. What I really mean is that he also has speed and passes easily. That’s an enormous weapon.”
That is an incredibly bold statement to make but it suggests why United must do plenty to seal his signature when the market opens next month.