Sir Alex Ferguson is considering making a sensational move to sign Sol Campbell.
The one-time Spurs and Arsenal star, now 35, signed a five-year deal with League Two side Notts County in September but left after just one week.
He is now free to join another side and Ferguson sees Campbell as the short-term answer to Manchester United’s back-four crisis.
Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Wes Brown, Gary Neville, Jonny Evans and John O'Shea all missed last night’s final Champions League group game against Wolfsburg, with midfielders Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher starting at centre-half.
United are investigating how quickly they can sign Campbell who is eligible to play again from January 1.
Meanwhile, hat-trick hero Michael Owen is loving life at Manchester United.
Owen scored his first Champions League treble since 2003 in last night's 3-1 win over Wolfsburg.
"I am enjoying playing for Manchester United," said the 29-year-old.
"There are only a few teams that you can play in and expect to get chances. This is one of them.
"Scoring them is a different matter. As everyone knows, scoring goals is probably the hardest thing to do in the game.
"But given the quality you are playing alongside and the amount of chances you do get, it is easier here than at most clubs."