There is always a temptation to suggest Manchester United need to sign another player in order to solve their immediate woes but right now it isn't necessarily the case.

It's an understandable train of thought amid their ongoing midfield crisis which was so glaringly exposed at the weekend, though it is not necessarily the most sustainable solution given their recent transfer business.

United spent £128million on three marquee signings in the summer window as well as a huge amount on wages, yet despite such heavy investment they seem to have got worse as a team, suffering from a clear lack of cohesion in recent weeks.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is believed to be privately unhappy at the failure to sign a new midfielder in the summer window but such gluttony is a distraction from his own shortfalls given the players who are already at his disposal, he can hardly complain about only signing Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo instead.

While many modern fans might point towards their star-studded Fifa Ultimate Teams as evidence of why United need to spend big on a popular defensive midfield target it is important to note the greatest squads in football history often rely upon effective unsung heroes to make everything click.

It's an issue that seems central to the problems United have faced so far this season, the best players do not always make for the best side, in fact the only match which they have controlled this season saw Scott McTominay, Fred and Daniel James all start against Leeds.

The Welsh winger is now at Marcelo Bielsa's side and although he is not missed by United they are certainly suffering in the absence of another terrier in the team who doesn't shy from doing the dirty work out of possession.

In the opening day win United benefited from the perfect blend of work ethic and world-class talent, it's a fine balance which has been lost since trying to shoehorn summer signings Ronaldo and Sancho into the line up too.

Solskjaer desperately needs to find equilibrium again if he is to stop the rot and save his own job at Old Trafford, ahead of a gruelling fixture list it might be time for him to make an unpopular decision and drop his star signing at the club.

Bruno Fernandes has played in 91 matches of the 96 available to him since joining the club at the start of last year, being deemed undroppable by Solskjaer given the immediate authority he stamped on the squad.

There can be no denying the importance Fernandes holds at United when fully fit but in recent weeks he has looked way off the pace as the demands of non-stop football for club and country have obviously taken their toll on his output.

The Portuguese remains arguably the most influential player at Old Trafford but he will only be able to maintain such an aura if he is managed carefully be Solskjaer and given time to rest amid the ongoing slump.

It's not like United don't have solutions either. While plenty of fans would like to see Donny van de Beek given a chance in the No.10 role it makes most sense to give Jesse Lingard a deserved start in his preferred central role, something which could prove crucial in convincing him to sign a new contract at the club.

Lingard, 28, has arguably been the club's best midfield performer this season with memorable contributions in almost every game he has played while his high-pressing game might be the perfect solution to the hit they take by allowing Ronaldo to lead the line.

After such a seismic summer the pressure has never been quite as intense on Solskjaer as it is right now and heading into a crucial month of fixtures it is clear something has to change.

United might have a star-studded squad of talented individuals but they need their unfashionable hard workers to give them the platform to perform.

Fernandes is no longer the first name on the team sheet.