Last Friday night we were in various pubs in town discussing how Nigel Adkins might spice up his stuttering squad in the January transfer window.
This was, of course, before the stunning defeat at Crewe, who were bottom of the league and hadn’t won at home for months. That’s what made it unfathomable.
As one disgruntled United fan perceptively remarked: ‘Six-to-one against to win at home, then the Blades turn up.’
Anyway, here’s what will happen in January:
n Marc McNulty and Stefan Scougall will return to Scotland (maybe Hibs) for £100,000 each.
n Jose Baxter will move to Huddersfield as part of a £500,000 deal to bring Nahki Wells to Bramall Lane.
n Matt Done will be sold to Wigan for £300,000.
n Michael Higdon will be given a free transfer and will sign for Oldham.
n Craig Alcock will be given a free transfer and will sign for Peterborough.
n Callum McFadzean will be given a free transfer and will move to Mansfield.
n Louis Reed will go to Swansea for £500,000, rising to £1 m.
n Che Adams will attract an offer from Sunderland but it will be rejected.
As well as Wells, Adkins will sign Rickie Lambert on loan from West Brom for the rest of the season, and central defender Adrian Mariappa on loan and goalkeeper Alex McCarthy on a permanent transfer, both from Crystal Palace.
He will also sign central defender (and former Blade) Kyle McFadzean from MK Dons.
So there you have it. Whether such surgery would have the desired effect can’t be known, but Adkins surely knows he has to do something in January.
United have a lot of good players, but Adkins isn’t the first manager who hasn’t been able to make them into a good enough team.