Paul Pogba is injured, Juan Mata is on the fringes and Manchester United are in desperate need of creativity.
Kai Havertz, the talented Bayer Leverkusen midfielder, might hold the answer.
According to a new report, the Germany international could soon be the subject of a massive transfer bid from Old Trafford.
TOP STORY – HAVERTZ HEADED TO MANCHESTER?
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made 20-year-old Kai Havertz his top transfer target, says the Daily Star.
But the report suggests Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is willing to wait until the end of the season before making an £80million offer.
Havertz, who has been linked with Bayern Munich, is one of the most admired young midfielders in Europe.
He scored 17 Bundesliga goals last season and has notched twice in nine appearances this term.
- Marca claim Barcelona have joined the race for sought-after Salzburg striker Erling Haaland. The teenage sensation scored his seventh Champions League goal in Tuesday's draw at Napoli and has reportedly attracted interest from Barca's LaLiga rivals Real Madrid, among others.
- Barcelona do have at least one exciting prospect dreaming of joining them. Highly rated Ajax defender Sergino Dest told Bleacher Report his "biggest goal" is to play for the Blaugrana, while the United States international also has his eye on a stint in the Premier League.
- Trouble is brewing in Naples. Gazzetta dello Sport suggest Napoli head coach Carlo Ancelotti and his players are in rebellion against president Aurelio De Laurentiis, who ordered the team to enter a training retreat amid a poor run of results. Ancelotti did not appear for the customary post-match news conference following the 1-1 draw with Salzburg at Stadio San Paolo.
- Another successful Italian coach, Massimiliano Allegri, should reject any approach from managerless Bayern Munich and instead focus on becoming the next Manchester United boss. That is the view of Fabio Capello, who told Radio Anch'io Sport his compatriot would be the "best choice" for the Red Devils.
- Back to the Premier League and England, where Granit Xhaka is dealing with the fallout from being stripped of the Arsenal captaincy. The Daily Mirror report the Gunners could now look to offload the midfielder in January, given his fractured relationship with the club's fans.