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Manchester United - One big signing?

What will constitute a big signing for Manchester United at this stage?

Manchester United's new manager and chief executive David Moyes and Edward Woodward have backed themselves into a corner during this transfer window.

Similar to mistakes at Arsenal, the club made public that they have the cash to sign a 'big player', and then pursued in their very public pursuits of top targets.

The most obvious example was Cesc Fabregas, with United have three offers refused by Barcelona, while talk of bringing back Cristiano Ronaldo has not dampened expectation.

In fact before the window opened and before Sir Alex Ferguson even retired, names such as Falcao and Robert Lewandowski were bandied about, and as time has dragged on, pressure has mounted on the club to bring in new faces.

Would the failures of this transfer window be forgiven if a big signing was brought in? Absolutely.

Cristiano Ronaldo's comeback would see Moyes and Woodward hailed as heroes despite everything which has happened beforehand, but realistically at this late stage a deal is extremely unlikely.

So in terms of expectation, what now constitutes a big signing?

Clearly when comparing to one of the world's best players, anybody is going to seem like a downgrade from their former number seven, but players like Cesc Fabregas or Mesut Ozil would have satisfied fans, proven stars on the world stage.

The club are bidding for Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera and Leighton Baines at present, but none of those compare to the calibre of players the club has previously been chasing this summer.

So in many respects the club have set themselves up for a fall. Sign Fellaini, and yes a large majority of fans will be happy, but nobody will be convinced that the Belgian is the finished product and world class superstar they have been dreaming about.

Baines even less so, a confusing transfer chase, and while Ander Herrera is a terrific - and overpriced - prospect, he too neither can compare to his compatriot Cesc Fabregas.

Nevertheless, making a solid addition at this stage will feel like a victory for the club. For the manager, and for the fans. Especially if it is a midfielder.

It could well be argued a Fellaini or a Herrera is far more applicable to the current United squad than Ozil, who would be competing with Rooney and Kagawa for a spot.

It is on this where new additions should be judged, but naturally fans will look for the 'big name.' Leighton Baines sadly proves neither test, he is not needed in the squad nor is he tested even at Champions League level or at a major international tournament.

Time is not too late for United to switch targets and chase fresh faces, even Herrera is a link which has materialised over the past 48 hours. 

United may have one trick stored up their sleeve. For the club's sake, it will really be helpful if it is a good one.

United fans if you could sign one player who could it be and who do you expect?

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