Mikel Arteta arrived on loan and went on to become a superstar for Everton. Do United need something similar from Moyes this time around?
One area where they have failed to sufficiently add the depth and quality necessary to compete in the Premier League is in midfield.
The club have never truly replaced Paul Scholes - Ryan Giggs’ age makes him good for one game a fortnight, Tom Cleverley has failed to develop, Marouane Fellaini does not have the creative spark they need while Anderson has not proven himself a consistent performer. Meanwhile Phil Jones has performed admirably in Michael Carrick’s absence and Darren Fletcher’s continued illness vacancy is also not helping matters.
The main issue is a lack of a game-changing, scruff off the neck type midfielder such as the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Steven Gerrard, Eden Hazard, Yaya Toure, and perhaps even Yohan Cabaye - which teams currently above them in the Premier League have at their disposal.
What Manchester United need now is a master stroke from David Moyes in the January window - a master stroke like the one he pulled in January 2005.
That season they qualified for the Champions League but when Thomas Gravesen left for Real Madrid in the January Transfer Window it seemed as if they could slip out of the Premier League’s top four.
But Moyes brought in Mikel Arteta on loan from Real Sociedad and the Spaniard went on to play a starring role as Everton finished in fourth - three points ahead of Liverpool and Bolton Wanderers in pursuit of Champions League football.
Arteta had many instrumental games in that time - but the way he pulled the strings against United in a 1-0 win at Goodison Park is perhaps most memorable.
It was that victory, courtesy of a Duncan Ferguson header from a, you guessed it, Arteta cross, which effectively sealed fourth place - and Arteta was superb in that fixture.
United need a player superior to Arteta in talent, but relative to the quality of their current team and the quality of that Everton side it is this sort of master-stroke they need again from Moyes.
United need their very own Arteta circa 2005 if they are to climb up this slippery Premier League table.