Kane, Pedro, maybe even Neymar. The whispers were that a big name striker would be on the way to Old Trafford this summer to give Wayne Rooney some help in front of goal. As well as Louis Van Gaal has steadied the ship it seemed clear that more was needed to push United back to title challenger status.
Central midfield was addressed, the defence has started the season very well and it looked like a bit of quality up front was all that was needed to push things forward to the next level.
However, Louis Van Gaal has caused a bit of a stir ahead of tonight's clash with Club Brugge by confirming that Marouane Fellaini would continue on from last season and use his considerable frame to good effect up front rather than in midfield.
Van Gaal on Fellaini: "He can play as a no.6 or no.8 but this year he'll be more a no.9 or no.10 as we have players in the other positions."
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 25, 2015
Everyone knew what was coming and, unsurprisingly it soon arrived. Cue mass panic.
@manutd LVG i need you to get a striker maybe Pato and pls do give Ander the team's no 10 spot.
— Horlhidee (@Horlhidee) August 26, 2015
@ManUtd how he can be a striker , he is slow dont have any skills and not a good finisher too . All he knows is to head only .
— KiSh ManUtd (@kishanjith) August 26, 2015
@ManUtd tell him to sign a Striker, Winger and a Centre Back! ....and that he's an absolute twat!
— Brian Egan (@began19) August 25, 2015
— nanakojo red-devil (@nabstunna) August 25, 2015
— Kapil Summan (@88kaps) August 25, 2015
@ManUtd get the cheque book!! Stop stalling!! Neymar or bale or even pato !! Do something !
— neil stacey (@staceweiser) August 25, 2015
There was much more drastic replies than that but we decided to go with some of the more readable ones for an adequate snapshot.