Manchester United Transfers: 5 Players Fans Would Love to See Arrive in January

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Manchester United Transfers: 5 Players Fans Would Love to See Arrive in January
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Radamel Falcao

Of course every fan has their own views about who Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson should sign from the transfer market in January.

Surely there is no club in the world who would turn down the hottest striker: Radamel Falcao of Atletico Madrid?

There is the small matter of a £48 million release clause to wrestle with.  Small beer for the likes of Roman Abramovich or Sheikh Mansour you would say, but why would he go to a club who is knocked out of the Champions League? Except for money of course...

He doesn't feature on our list here, because Sir Alex doesn't play fantasy football. Maybe he could scramble together the transfer fee, with a hefty chunk from the sale of Nani plus a raid on the piggy bank. But he surely has more pressing needs?

Some would ask why he would need another striker, but at the right price for the right man anyone could be accommodated. We already seem to be on the road to Rooney eventually replacing Paul Scholes in midfield, so that would free up a spot. But Ferguson has another world class striker in van Persie.

He also has a barrow load of young goal-scoring talent to fit in somehow or unload.

While Macheda may well leave in the January transfer window, decisions have to be made about Josh King, John Cofie and Angel Henriquez.

King is desperate to play regularly but may follow the path of Paul Pogba to secure that goal elsewhere. He can see four strikers ahead of him for certain, probably five when Will Keane is counted in the equation.

Then there is Henriquez, who has already been included in the full Chile squad at 18. Sir Alex may well decide to send him out on loan in January to get English match experience. He is potentially the new Van Nistelrooy.

Meanwhile, if King and Macheda are sold Sir Alex still has John Cofie up his sleeve. Currently on loan with Sheffield United, he has made nine appearances with two goals so far. 

And then there is James Wilson...so far this season the 16-year-old striker has started 14 games and scored 16 times for the Under 18s. Last season he scored six in 10 starts despite being only 15....

 

So where is the need?

Despite being a striker "addict" (well he was one himself), Sir Alex recognises that he has greater needs in other departments. After all, van Persie is on fire and Rooney is coming into form, so scoring goals isn't the problem.

It seems somewhat ironic to be considering yet again that the problem is in defence. Last season it was because of a horrendous injury record. This year Ferguson has been without one or more of his five senior centre backs for every single match.

But that isn't the problem. Even allowing for the need to juggle his at times scarce resources at the back, there is absolutely no excuse for United's woeful defending that has seen them concede the first goal in no less than 15 of their 22 competitive starts.

And these defensive deficiencies include the midfield that, for example, was overrun in the first half against Tottenham and in several games since.

So United stand proud at the top of the Premier League and their Champions League Group, but they simply cannot go on leaking goals and expect their run of success to continue.

Not surprisingly, the fans would also like to see this issue addressed. It may be fun to see seven goals in 26 minutes and speculate about a 10-3 victory at halftime, but the present debacle needs sorting soon, starting with surgery and banging heads together on the training ground and ending with some shrewd transfer business in January.

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