United’s frailties have been exposed twice already this season with defeats away at Liverpool and Manchester City, which have shown a clear need for players of certain types to come into United’s side.
The club’s inability to make key signings over the summer has been talked about, discussed and everyone has moved on, with the focus now shifting towards this winter.
“I think we've got numbers. I think maybe where we've got work to do is bring players in… to go right into the team – so that's the slightly different equation. We needed one or two who might have just gone in [to the team]. But that will happen,” said Moyes.
So which areas and which players should United be focusing on this winter?
There is a clear need for a creative player to come into the midfield. United already own Shinji Kagawa but for whatever reason, Moyes is clearly unconvinced by the Japanese star’s ability to play that role in the current side.
United could go after Athletic Bilbao’s Ander Herrera again this winter, following a bizarre turn of events at the end of the summer transfer window which saw imposters posing as lawyers trying to act on United’s behalf.
Herrera will not be a cheap signing if that’s the way United want to go but he would be available for the Champions League due to Athletic Bilbao’s lack of European football, which is significant.
Another heavyweight signing which would be a real statement of intent is if United ook another look at the possibility of trying to sign Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona or someone like Angel di Maria from Real Madrid.
United's pursuit of Fabregas over the summer was well publicised with the only problem being not too much is likely to have changed in Fabregas' mind by the time another official bid can go in.
Di Maria would also be an interesting signing because United already have plenty of cover in wide areas, though no one seems to be able to nail down a regular slot at left midfield at Old Trafford.
An alternative midfielder, freshly linked with the club, is Andrea Pirlo following reports he could be available this January. His experience and the reduced fee due to his age will both appeal to Moyes and United.
In terms of defence, the central positions are covered with Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans all lined up to eventually replace Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.
Moyes could take another look at left-back with a big bid for Leighton Baines possible if Everton haven’t offered him a new contract and if he hasn’t signed it by the time January comes around.
There are plenty of options and the rumours of a £120-125 million bid from United for Gareth Bale over the summer shows that their resources are as strong as ever.
Who do you think United should be going after this winter?