Manchester United Transfer Rumors: Red Devils Must Beat City to Fernandinho

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IDecember 9, 2012

DONETSK;UKRAINE - SEPTEMBER 18:  Fernandinho of FC Shakhtar Donetsk in action during a Ukraine Premier League match against FC Shakhtar Donetsk and FC Vorskla Poltava at the Donbass Arena Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Donetsk,Ukraine. (Photo by Genya Savilov/EuroFootball/Getty Images)
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A few days ago, Fernandinho alerted the world that he would be taking his talents to Manchester. 

While that is revealing and all well and good, there is a key bit of information missing there. Does he mean City or United? 

Talk Sport quoted the Shakhtar Donetsk star as saying, "I will play in Manchester in January." 

This vague statement is far from concrete, but there is no reason to doubt its legitimacy.

Now, the Red Devils need to make sure he is talking about them and not their rivals City. 

United took the pivotal Manchester Derby on Sunday to stretch their lead over City to six points in the EPL table, but they can't let that lure them into complacency. This squad is still not complete.  

Fernandinho is the kind of talent that could help City erase that deficit. He also is a nice fit for the Devils, who could use some defensive help. 

While United's offense is going to strike fear into any opponent, their defense has been vulnerable. They have allowed 23 goals this season, which puts them in the middle of the pack in the EPL. 

Pair that defense with an offense that has already netted 40 goals this EPL campaign, and it is clear why the Devils lead the EPL. However, it is also clear they have room for defensive improvements, and Fernandinho would bring just that.

In his six matches for Shakhtar Donetsk, Fernandinho, 27, has already tallied 3.3 tackles and 3.5 interceptions while picking up just two fouls per contest. 

His smart and aggressive defense would be a nice addition to the Devils, but his contributions wouldn't stop there. He would make this already potent attack lethal. 

Since joining Shakhtar in 2005, Fernandinho has netted 51 goals in 273 appearances. 

Fernandinho's addition would help complete United, and signing him would not only make the Devils better, but it would also prevent City from closing the gap in the EPL.