Sir Alex Ferguson has ruled out the possibility of strengthening Manchester United's midfield during the January transfer window despite ruling Anderson out until February with a knee injury.
For two seasons now, United's midfield has been an area of concern amongst supporters.
Most expected a replacement for now-retired Paul Scholes to be introduced during the summer and even on deadline-day the rumour mill was whirring about the potential for a last-minute attempt to buy Wesley Sneijder from Inter Milan.
However, neither Sneijder, nor Luka Modric or Samir Nasri, two other players Ferguson was heavily linked with, were signed.
It didn't seem to matter when Tom Cleverley started the campaign so well.
But Cleverley has been sidelined by two injuries, the latest of which, to his ankle, he is not expected back from until the Festive programme.
With Anderson now ruled out as well, Ferguson's options have been depleted significantly.
Yet the United boss still cannot see anyone around who he could realistically sign that would improve his squad.
So, with Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney and Phil Jones all capable of filling a central berth, Ferguson intends to stick with what he has got.
"It is dead easy to say you are going to buy a player but it is not easy to buy players for Manchester United, particularly in January," said Ferguson.
"I don't see anyone who could make us a better team from the ones who are possibly available.
"I could choose two or three players who I would like to have at this club but they are not available. There would be no point even going there."
Ferguson is hardly likely to admit any concerns about his personnel, and in his defence, Michael Carrick in particular has performed well in the last two games and was arguably United's best player in midweek.
However, the Red Devils chief does concede the return of Cleverley would be pretty handy at the end of a typically arduous December period.
"We are not as bad as people think," said Ferguson.
"Ryan Giggs gives you experience. Michael Carrick had a bit of a problem with his Achilles in the early season but he is over that now and his form in the last two games has been outstanding.
"Darren Fletcher, given the right preparation, is always a very good player for us.
"But getting Cleverley back at Christmas time would be a bonus because he is such a clever footballer."
The return of Rooney from a hip problem and skipper Nemanja Vidic's availability after suspension offers Ferguson the additional options he needs for tomorrow's encounter with Newcastle.
Although they have a woeful record at Old Trafford, where they have not won for 39 years, Newcastle will be dangerous opponents.
They caused Manchester City quite a few problems last weekend before eventually surrendering their unbeaten record and in Alan Pardew, have a manager Ferguson rates extremely highly.
"Everyone has been taken by Newcastle's start to the season and the credit must go to Alan Pardew," said Ferguson.
"When he was at Reading we gave him Luke Chadwick on loan. He was first-class in terms of the information he was giving us. He is very meticulous.
"He has grasped the nettle at Newcastle very well and they are all working like Trojans up there."
However, with Manchester City reeling after their Champions League defeat in Naples and having to face another stiff examination at Liverpool on Sunday, now would seem like the perfect time for Ferguson's team to reduce to gap to two points, even if the Scot's sights are firmly trained on his traditional date of assessment, January 1.
"Being there at New Years' Day is the big one for us," he said.
"If we are around about the top, the second half of the season presents an opportunity for us.
"With the way this club is organised to perform in the second half of the season, it helps us.
"That is my aim. It doesn't matter how we get there, or who is around us - Chelsea, Manchester City or Arsenal - as long as we are."