All talk, no action? Not quite.
Although this year's January transfer window failed to yield the sort of spectacular deadline-day signings the Premier League witnessed in 2011, there were still plenty of moves made and money exchanged.
Manchester United, too, was involved in its fair share of business. When the window slammed shut – it never merely closes – at 23:00 GMT on Tuesday night, the Reds could tot up nine departures (four permanent), one arrival and a surprise retirement U-turn.
Of course, set against the 57 different players that were tipped to be either coming or going during the window, that figure seems small. But, as The Gossip – ManUtd.com's rolling round-up of all the speculation and rumour-mongering – continues to prove, you shouldn't believe everything you read.
This much is certainly true, though: Darron Gibson (Everton), Mame Biram Diouf (Hannover 96), Ravel Morrison (West Ham United) and Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City) have been sold, while Federico Macheda (Queens Park Rangers), John Cofie (Royal Antwerp), Joshua King (Hull City), Oliver Norwood (Coventry City) and Scott Wootton (Nottingham Forest) have landed loan deals until the end of the season.
Frederic Veseli (Man City)
Paul Scholes (out of retirement)
Darron Gibson (Everton)
Mame Biram Diouf (Hannover 96)
Ravel Morrison (West Ham)
Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City)
Federico Macheda (QPR)
John Cofie (Royal Antwerp)
Joshua King (Hull City)
Oliver Norwood (Coventry)
Scott Wootton (Nottingham Forest)
More: The Gossip blog