David Moyes has endured a horrible preseason as Manchester United boss.
He’s failed to add to his squad, the Wayne Rooney saga continues to drag and on Friday night they were torn apart by Sevilla—albeit in Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial—to compound a miserable set of summer results.
There’s no need to panic, but Moyes needs to strengthen his squad to appease the fans and keep United’s title hopes alive. Luka Modric is one of those players who, according to The Guardian, is being considered by the new United boss.
The Croatian was the architect of Madrid’s comeback against United in last season's Champions League, when he placed a fine swerving shot beyond David De Gea, and is proven in the Premier League.
He spent a fair chunk of last season plonked on the Real Madrid bench, and if Moyes can convince the midfielder of his importance to the Reds' project, a move may yet materialise.
Madrid is not to Modric what Barcelona is to Fabregas.
When Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy refused to let the playmaker leave it was Stamford Bridge, and not the Bernabeu, that Modric had his heart set on. He could yet be convinced of a move back to the Premier League, where he enjoyed much success with Spurs.
A high-profile signing would allow Moyes to add his stamp to the current squad and calm things down after a turbulent preseason.
Whilst both would prove useful acquisitions, targeting them first would be a mistake. United have made their intentions clear—they want a creative midfielder.
The Belgian would prove a useful addition due to Paul Scholes' retirement, Darren Fletcher’s uncertain return to fitness and Ryan Giggs being just months away from turning 40. Baines, too, would create competition for Patrice Evra, who looked a touch suspect at the back last season.
But going solely for the pair would be to admit defeat. First, Moyes must sign a big name.