The Guardian has reported that David Moyes is wasting no time trying to correct the imperfections which were created as Manchester United scrambled to try and get some business done on the last day of the transfer window.
Many United fans were left scratching their heads at just who the club were trying to buy and whether United had any chance of getting many of the targets they were linked with across Monday.
However, they did make one quality addition in the form of Marouane Fellaini and Moyes now has some time to work on that hit list and ensure that United are in a much better position the next time they try to sign a player.
In terms of the back four, the one name that Moyes will really want to go after in January is Leighton Baines.
His former defender is a player he tried to sign this summer but it seemed too difficult a deal to pull off. United now have a chance to work out realistically how much cash they can throw at trying to sign the 28-year-old left back.
He would be a superb addition to the United squad and the natural successor to Patrice Evra who has so far been rock solid in that position.
In terms of the midfield, there are plenty of different options and that could be the busiest area on Moyes’ hit list.
United tried to buy Sami Khedira on deadline day and the club could go back to Real Madrid this winter with a much more concrete approach.
They could stick in La Liga and take another look at trying to sign Athletic Bilbao’s Ander Herrera. It seemed like a complicated deal to do on deadline day but preparing to make a move for him early means United have more than enough time to deal with any bureaucratic problems and paperwork.
Another name which has been connected to the club is Ross Barkley, also of Everton, one of the best midfield teenage prospects in the country although Moyes may want more of a heavyweight signing to supplement that area of the squad.
Up front there is one man that has been linked with United for the last couple of years, Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund.
The Polish front man may well be sold this January because his current deal with the German giants expires next summer, which means if Dortmund want to try and get a fee for him, they’ll have to move him on this winter.
Bayern Munich are another interested party but United can use this first half of the season to prepare a deal which will not only surprise Bayern Munich but possibly cause them to up the ante more than they are willing to do if they want Lewandowski.
The main problem with any name that Moyes puts on the hit list is the fact that it’s the World Cup next summer.
It could be a problem in the respect that players may not want to risk their chances of playing in the tournament by switching teams and leagues in the middle of the season.
However, it can work both ways because if Khedira isn’t playing regularly at Real Madrid for example, the appeal of a switch to Old Trafford will quickly increase.
What do you think? Who should Moyes have on that list?
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