Neville: United must buy in January – but in which position?

The former Old Trafford stalwart has admitted that the Premier League champions need to strengthen in the new year – but what should the priority be?

Manchester United seem to be getting back on track after a shaky start to the new season, with hard-fought wins recorded in recent weeks.

Despite an upturn in form, Gary Neville has openly admitted that the Old Trafford outfit must look to strengthen when the January transfer window opens.

“In the transfer window early on in the season we were looking for players, that was well documented and that search continues," Neville told the BBC.

"We need to keep reinvesting in the squad because if you stand still in this league you get left behind, as Manchester City found out last season when they didn't strengthen as much and they ended up losing the league [title]."

Taking the retired defender’s comments into consideration, which areas should Moyes be looking to add new players in the new year?

One of United’s main transfer targets of late has been Leighton Baines, with the England left-back a favourite for the Manchester manager. There is no doubt that the Everton defender is an excellent player, and on current form would be an upgrade on Patrice Evra.

Despite this, the veteran French left-back is still competent in the Premier League, and there seems to be other areas that United could use new players in more urgently.

With Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck not getting enough regular football and Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie starting to click again, there is no need for new strikers.

United have also been linked with a new central defender, but the performances of Jonny Evans and Phil Jones against Arsenal suggests that Moyes has plenty of quality in that area.

The midfield dilemma has been a concern for some time now, with botched attempts to land numerous playmakers over the summer falling short. With Marouane Fellaini fulfilling the enforcer requirement in the boiler room (with limited impact so far), surely a creative midfielder will be the priority come January.

However, should United’s preferences in this position be unavailable, a new creative wideman would be just as good at adding craft to a team that has been predictable in its attack at times this term.

Plenty of links to Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus have been made of late, and the Germany international would be an ideal signing.

As such, surely a new central or wide midfielder with vision will be the main transfer goal for United come January, with another approach for Baines likely also.

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