"Rome burns whilst Nero fiddles" is a famous quotation about indecision and dithering. Whilst it may not actually be very accurate in a factual sense, it is an excelleent analogy for the malaise that has smothered the club since the Glazers arrival.
Whilst the Glazers themselves dither and pontificate about listing the company on the New York Stock Exchange, the manager seems to be frozen by indecision. It was noteworthy that he actually made a sarcastic comment in his press conference in Shanghai about "not sitting on our backsides" in the transfer market. However, actions speak louder than words and every year it seems we have the spectacle of Ferguson supposedly "chasing" a player only for a long drawn out failure to play out in the media.