United great questions Fellaini buy, as it emerges club are monitoring ex-Arsenal player

Pallister believes Manchester United's summer activity was underwhelming as Fabregas and Bale should have been landed, not Fellaini.

Manchester United underperformed in the summer market, according to 1990s defensive rock Gary Pallister, 48, who believes the sort of signings that David Moyes should have been making were of Cesc Fabregas and Gareth Bale calibre, not Marouane Fellaini.

Furthermore, Pallister prophecies a productive winter window as United are in desperate need for creativity in the middle of the park and so a return for central playmaker Ander Herrera, recently benched by Athletic Bilbao, could materialise in the coming months.

'They were chasing Fabregas and there was talk about a late bid for Gareth Bale,' began Pallister when speaking with the Daily Star. 'They're the kind of signings that really stoke the fans up as well as the players.'

Fellaini, bought for £27.5m, made his full debut as a Red Devil at Old Trafford against Bayer Leverkusen. It was a performance that won plaudits, as he was regarded to have provided United with a reassuring presence.

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'Fellaini's a good buy but I still think we're lacking a creative midfielder,' continued Pallister. 'It's a position David Moyes needs and he will be trying again. United need a player that gives you a different dimension in there.

'I'm sure there will be one or two new signings in January - I think they might go back in for Herrera.'

With an assist-provider seemingly a high-priority requirement, the press have linked Moyes with moves for Barcelona star Andres Iniesta, Italy legend Andrea Pirlo and even English teenager Ross Barkley.

However,  the Star claim United are interested in a former Arsenal player, not Fabregas this time, but Alexander Song. The Cameroon international will likely cost £16m and it is reported that he is currently unhappy over how little he is being played at Camp Nou.

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