Former Manchester United greats Bryan Robson and Dwight Yorke believe new manager David Moyes desperately needs to sign an attacking midfielder to replace Paul Scholes.
Scholes, a United legend in his own right with 107 goals from 499 league appearances, retired for the second time at the end of last season, leaving Moyes short of experienced midfield options.
With continued speculation surrounding want-away striker Wayne Rooney, following reported interest from Chelsea, Robson believes the club need to bring in some attacking options if they want to compete with Europe's big spenders next season.
"We've got a few people in mind who we would like to try and sign," said former United and England captain Robson.
"You've got to try and bring new players in because, like you say, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid are all top teams and they want to try and keep improving all the time".
With Michael Carrick United's most experienced central-midfield option alongside veteran Ryan Giggs, Robson believes Barcelona playmaker Cesc Fabregas would provide Moyes with much-needed options for the long campaign ahead.
"I think [Cesc] Fabregas is a fantastic player and I hope he's playing for Manchester United next season," said 56-year-old Robson.
Dwight Yorke, a member of the 1999 United treble-winning side agreed, citing the Spaniard's reunion with another great United striker as potentially invaluable.
"If we can get him it would be a fantastic scoop," said Yorke.
"The great thing about him is the fact that he had so many experiences in the Premier League. Him and [Robin] Van Persie had a great understanding [at Arsenal] so we know he's a top player."
Yet, should Moyes fail in his bid to bring in any midfield cover before the transfer window shuts, Robson remains optimistic the club can continue their great tradition of backing existing players.
"I think it's a great opportunity for the likes of Tom Cleverely and Anderson,' he said.
"You know they've got to step up. They've got to take on that they're an United player so they're going to have a better chance to prove that."