Though recruitment in January is obviously a priority for Manchester United to gain some ground on their Premier League, one player who is emerging as a contender to play in the iconic red stunningly comes from just down the road.
Ladbrokes have slashed the odds on young winger Leroy Sane joining the Red Devils from incumbent Premier League champions Manchester City in a move that is sure to sent ripples across the city.
Whilst Bayern Munich and Juventus remain favourites to acquire the 22-year-old (3/1), with Sane having been pushed out in favour of £60million summer signing Riyad Mahrez - United find themselves at just 7/2 to pick up Sane.
Only a handful have players have crossed the divide in recent years, the most notable being Carlos Tevez whose arrival at the Eithad was treated with an infamous ‘Welcome to Manchester’ billboard.
To find a player who made the move directly from City to United, you have to go back all the way to Wyn Davies in the early 70s, who spent a season each in blue and red.
Ryan Giggs infamously slipped through their fingers as a youth to become the most decorated footballer in English football history at Old Trafford.
Leroy Sane has a abundance of talent, is set to become a mainstay in the Germany national side, and was awarded the PFA Young Player of the Year for the 2017/18 season.
A 2016 summer transfer from Bundesliga side Schalke, Sane has made almost a century of appearances for the Cityzens, contributing 25 goals and 30 assists. Problems concerning his attitude however, have recently come to the fore.
If City unbelievably let the winger go to their most bitter and hated rival, a United front-line that can boast the speed and dynamism of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, and Leroy Sane would have more than enough reckoning to compete with Europe’s elite.