Manchester United's transfer window was reportedly such a failure that they failed to bring in even one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's four main targets before Monday's deadline.
After signing midfielder Donny van de Beek in August, United were busy on deadline day, completing deals for striker Edinson Cavani, left-back Alex Telles and wingers Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellistri.
Yet there was a hint of desperation about many of the transfers, with none of the players brought in thought to have been considered first choice options.
And according to ESPN, Solskjaer was left hugely disappointed by the club's inability to sign any of the names he had requested at the start of the summer.
It is no secret that Jadon Sancho was right at the top of Solskjaer's wish-list, yet despite months of negotiations United were unable to agree a fee with Dortmund.
Aston Villa's Jack Grealish was also believed to be a primary target, but the attacking midfielder dealt a blow when he put pen to paper on a new deal with his boyhood club in September.
Solskjaer was also desperate to sign a new centre-back, with Victor Lindelof's form called into question recently, but again the club were unable to deliver.
Leipzig's Dayot Upamecano was one of the names mentioned as a possible signing until the 21-year-old, like Grealish, signed a contract extension over the summer.
And Nathan Ake was also on their radar, but the Dutchman swapped Bournemouth for United's bitter rivals Manchester City in August.
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To make matters even worse, United also failed to sign Solskjaer's priority for January, Erling Haaland, after the youngster went to Dortmund instead.
Solskjaer will now have to try to work with what he has got until January at the earliest and rally his troops to compete as best they can, but there is the sense that he is far from happy at how the club have acted off the pitch.
Tensions rose following the humiliating 6-1 defeat to Tottenham on Sunday, and all hell could break loose if they lose again in their first game back after the international break when United take on Newcastle on October 17.
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