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Moyes told he needs strengthening - FIVE positions at least

Prominent social media guru, BBC MOTD anchor and ex Tottenham Hotspur & Barcelona striker says Manchester United need overhaul.

With three losses already registered from three matches in three different competitions from 2014 thus far, Manchester United could not have made a worst start to the new year.

The club will be hoping it is a mere extended hangover from a congested fixture list, but with more substandard results and underwhelming performances adding up, United have lost the fear factor they once had under the guidance of erstwhile manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Teams do not fret about having to travel to Old Trafford, but current boss David Moyes has inherited a veteran dynasty, a roster of players high on experience with an abundance of trophies, but a number of them - because of age, or falling standards, or both - require replacing.

Former Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona striker Gary Lineker, who has long anchored BBC's flagship sports programme Match of the Day that regularly showcased United as the dominant force in English football, believes it is still too early to judge Moyes.

Indeed, it will always be too early to judge Moyes until he is able to move away from Ferguson's shadow, away from Ferguson's team and build his own.

That requires backing in the transfer window - not just the mid-season market, but the summer, also.

When there are no players requiring treatments or physio attention, United are blessed with one of the most prolific and tireless strike forces in not just England, but world football, as Robin van Persie has a left foot almost unrivaled in the sport, while there are few who cover as much of the pitch than Wayne Rooney.

Lineker believes that Moyes needs to plug holes in the positions behind van Persie and Rooney and names two midfielders, a central defender and two full-backs to be prioritised over the next few transfer windows.

United have been speculatively linked to a number of intriguing players including Brazilian attacker Everton Ribeiro, young playmaker Koke Resurreccion, Dundee United's mini-Messi - Ryan Gauld and Everton duo Leighton Baines and Ross Barkley.

Of the players apparently on the Old Trafford shortlist, all profiled here, would any or all of them fit Lineker's definition of 'top class' and are they of the calibre required to out-hustle those above them in the Premier League?

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