Manchester United are one of only three Premier League teams boasting a 100% record after two games and one of just two yet to have conceded a goal.
On the face of it they are sitting pretty on the early title-race pace, with the promise of more to come once their band of summer signings really get to know one another.
Yet after just two games it has become abundantly clear that they are in desperate need of reinforcements at centre forward.
The departures of Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao (with Javier Hernandez seemingly destined to follow) have severely limited manager Louis van Gaal’s options in the position.
Wayne Rooney’s return to centre-forward had seemed like an exciting prospect prior to the beginning of the season.
Previous campaigns spent largely at number nine had yielded the most prolific returns of the Liverpudlian’s Old Trafford career.
However, after a downright demoralising personal performance against Aston Villa, there have to be serious doubts as to whether Rooney is up to line-leading duties across four competitions across the season as a whole.
At Villa Park the United and England captain managed a solitary touch in the opposition penalty area during the course of 90 monotonous minutes.
Rooney, who is 16/1 to be Premier League top goalscorer this season, hasn’t scored in eight games for United, his second such barren spell in the calendar year.
The first of those two strikeless streaks saw him go nine outings without a goal in total, the longest drought since his first season in the Everton first team.
Van Gaal acknowledged the striker’s centrality to his aims when making him captain, but has gone on to preside over a period of austerity for his skipper.
United are 11/50 to claim a top-four finish this term, a wager which could start to look horrendous value if they fail to buy another striker to share Rooney’s workload.
Not since 2009/10 have a team claimed fourth spot without scoring at least the fourth highest amount of goals in the Premier League.