It's nearly the halfway point of the winter transfer window and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is yet to purchase any players despite the obvious need for investment.
Of course there's hope it will go a step beyond a willingness to negotiate and in particular a hope that it will conclude quickly too.
Manchester United fans are waiting anxiously for positive progress over Bruno Fernandes.
But United believe they can drive the price down for Fernandes and will come in with a lower bid to test Sporting's resolve.
Fernandes' 2018/19 campaign was particularly impressive with the midfielder scoring 32 and assisting 18 in 53 outings for Sporting last term.
Certain reports had also indicated that Manchester United were willing to sweeten the pot by offering a player on loan.
However, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mike Phelan recently travelled to scout the player, while it was also revealed that Sporting's club president Frederico Varandes and vice-president Hugo Viana travelled to the United offices in Manchester on Friday to negotiate a transfer.
News then emerged that Tottenham had made a late attempt to hijack United's move with the Express suggesting that Spurs had made contact with Sporting to put forward a rival offer for Fernandes' signature.
"We go back to speculation and go and see games all the time, where I've been irrelevant, that's another player in a different club that I can't talk about", said Solskjaer.
"Bruno Fernandes? I can't talk about individuals that play for other clubs, but I've got to say I do have backing", said the Red Devils boss. We do have backing to do something if the right thing comes up in this window. I know we have resources if the right player becomes available for the right money, and they've been so good to me.