There is light at the end of the tunnel after the UK government unveiled its road map out of lockdown on Monday afternoon, but for Manchester United the news comes too late to seriously alter their financial outlook ahead of the summer window.
An impending return to normality for the club Megastore coupled with the possibility of fans attending matches right at the end of the season are certainly reasons to celebrate - yet the club's summer transfer plans aren't likely to benefit too much.
While there might be a brighter financial future on the horizon it seems inevitable that the next transfer window will suffer from the same caution which has underpinned the last two.
As a result more loan and swap deals are likely to take place at the end of the season as clubs juggle the limited match day revenues with the desire to strengthen playing squads.
Due to their incredible academy system and impressive squad depth United are better positioned than most in the current climate and this summer there could be an increased opportunity for two youngsters to solve pressing transfer issues without costing the club a penny.
MEN Sport reported earlier in the month United are monitoring targets with a view to reinforcing their defence in the summer, with the club open to spending a significant sum on a new centre half or a forward in the summer, depending on how they fare between now and the end of the season.
Given the new long-term contract signed by Mason Greenwood plus the desire to keep Edinson Cavani for another year it seems glaringly obvious that defence should be where any serious investment takes place.
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However, such a big money arrival could all but blow the budget in other areas of the pitch so Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will need to get creative.
Two of the areas for upcoming redevelopment are defensive midfield and right-back where Nemanja Matic and Aaron Wan-Bissaka respectively currently represent the only two specialist options.
Most fans would love to see additions there as well this summer, but with spending at a premium it seems the perfect chance to give the likes of young duo James Garner and Ethan Laird a season to showcase their talents, before looking at the issue again at a later date.
Of all the young players to have left on loan this season few have done better than Garner and Laird since they moved away in the January window.
Garner, 19, is already being heralded as a saviour by Nottingham Forest fans for his immense contributions in midfield while Laird, 19, is improving every week with dynamic attacking play from right-back.
If the teenage duo manage to maintain such form then there is no real reason as to why they shouldn't be given a chance in United's first-team to establish whether or not further investment needs to be made.
Alternatively the recent success of Ethan Galbraith, who was added to the Europa League squad this week, hints at another possible solution in regards to Matic's successor. The Northern Ireland international might well benefit from his own loan spell next season, but he would certainly be worth a go in the latter stages against Real Sociedad on Thursday night.
With money expected to be tight again this summer United need to prioritise the addition of a new central defender. Doing so might leave them light in other areas of the pitch, but they certainly have potential in-house solutions which many other sides would envy.