Has the time come for Man United to sell Robin van Persie?
The Dutch striker continues to struggle in an area where manager Louis van Gaal dearly craves improvement.
After his team's tactically dunderheaded defeat at Swansea there appears much work ahead for Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.
He himself has admitted he needs additional personnel. To many observers a central defender and a defensive midfielder appear to have been critically required for some time. But what was obvious at the Liberty was the more pressing requirement of a decent centre-forward. Van Gaal needs one urgently.
Long before his injury on Saturday, Robin van Persie was playing as if time had called on his distinguished career. Radamel Falcao is clearly compromised by knee issues.
And Wayne Rooney may be many things but a back to goal big man he isn't.
The recent use by the manager of Marouane Fellaini in that position can only have been a plea for additional resources. Certainly it can't have been driven by the Belgian's qualities in that position.
His clumsy attempts to elbow his way to the ball were easily dealt with by Swansea City's defence, his presence a distraction rather than an assistance to team mates.
How Van Gaal must envy Mauricio Pochettino. Right now his world view would have been so much more encouraging had he arrived at old Trafford to find a Harry Kane in his reserves.