10 signings Manchester United can make in January to save their season

And no, Leighton Baines does not feature, and nor does Ander Herrera.

Manchester United are seriously struggling. It's time to get ambitious, and it's more important than ever for them to make a splash in the January transfer market.

Here are 10 players they should consider moving for...


The Atletico Madrid attacker has a £16m release clause, and has been superb this season for the La Liga title contenders. The 21-year-old has three goals and nine assists so far.

Ilkay Gundogan

Borussia Dortmund's CEO admitted this week if Gundogan wanted out, and an attractive offer came in then a deal could be done. Injuries have delayed his season from getting underway, but he is due back soon and last year's Champions League run showed what the central midfielder is capable of.

Xherdan Shaqiri

Bayern Munich had to fend off approaches for Shaqiri in the summer, but the 22-year-old has made just 3 starts this season in the Bundesliga. United know all about the Swiss international from his Basel days and he could shine given regular football.

Marco Reus

Borussia Dortmund's sensational winger has a €35m release clause, but appears committed to Dortmund. United should do all they can to persuade the German international, as he'd be a guaranteed success and would shake up their attack.

Claudio Marchisio

United were supposedly in for Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio in the summer, and he admitted he was flattered at their approach. He has had a disappointing season so far, and United should try to take advantage of any unrest.

Yohan Cabaye

Newcastle midfielder Cabaye has made no secret he wants out to play Champions League football, and United would allow him to do that. Arsenal signing Ozil has made their need for him unlikely, so PSG could become Moyes' biggest threat.

Blaise Matuidi

Matuidi is a defensive midfielder who actually plays for PSG, and he has put his club in an uncomfortable position. He is yet to sign a new contract and can walk away on a free transfer next summer, and United should try to get a deal done in January by making an attractive offer.

Antoine Griezmann

Part of the big problem at United is their wingers, and Antoine Griezmann would solve that. The Frenchman admitted that the Red Devils were following him last month, before they got to see him up close for Real Sociedad. He has 9 goals in 12 La Liga starts this season.

Miralem Pjanic

Pjanic says he is keen to stay at Roma for now, but the Italians proved in the summer they will sell if an offer is high enough, with regard to Lamela and Marquinhos. Pjanic is the all-action central midfielder they need, and has 3 goals and 4 assists in 13 starts this season.

Arjen Robben

Arjen Robben is yet to sign a contract extension at Bayern, and has been in sensational form. It would take an incredible effort to pull this one off, but linking him up with countryman Robin van Persie might be the best possible move David Moyes could take and should pay whatever is required.

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