Manchester United Transfer Rumours: Last-Minute Moves That Could Help Reds
Manchester United's 4-1 win at Swansea at the weekend was a beautiful thing for fans of the club.
The summer had been a miserable one until that point. Transfer targets had steered clear of Manchester, while the Red Devils' preseason tour had produced a mixed bag of results.
But two goals from an expected source, Robin van Persie, and two from a man not known for his composure in the box, Danny Welbeck, changed everything.
It would take a fool to write off this team, even with the departure of legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
Nevertheless, there are still weaknesses in the makeup of this current squad that need to be addressed.
Here are six last-minute moves that could help David Moyes' side.
Buy a Box-to-Box Midfielder
If David Moyes is going to stick with a 4-3-3 formation, the need for a top-quality transitional player is increased.
For all of Michael Carrick's class, the Red Devils need a box-to-box midfielder to bring the ball out of defence and provide a creative attacking influence.
In this writer's opinion, only one is needed.
Anderson's failure to live up to the hype almost feels like a broken promise.
The Brazilian midfielder moved to Old Trafford from Porto in 2007 in a deal worth around £20 million.
Since then, he has failed to deliver consistent performances, bouncing in and out of the first team without much impact.
Early indications suggest Moyes may yet have some role in store for the 25-year-old.
But it would be best for the club and the player himself if there was a parting of the ways while he still has some transfer worth.
Loan out Jesse Lingard
One of the biggest positives of the Red Devils' preseason was the emergence of Jesse Lingard as a potential United star.
The attacking midfielder scored several times, including this stunner against Kitchee.
The 20-year-old had a relatively underwhelming 2012/13 campaign for the Red Devils' reserves, but he looked every inch the prodigy on the club's summer tour.
In the wake of his performances, United legend Peter Schmeichel told ManUtd.com "David Moyes will be pleased in the way that some players have grasped their opportunity. I’m thinking about Jesse Lingard."
But for Lingard to progress, he needs to spend a season on loan playing regular first-team football.
Buy a Creative Midfielder
Such words formed sweet music to the ears of fans of the Red Devils.
Either player would be a dream acquisition for David Moyes, quickly erasing memories of the club's failed chase for Cesc Fabregas.
With Shinji Kagawa in the ranks, United's need for a creative midfielder is not as great as their need for a box-to-box threat.
But with Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young and Nani all out of form, another world-class playmaker behind Robin van Persie would not go unappreciated.
Sell an Unhappy Wayne Rooney
There is a growing conflict within the Manchester United community as to whether the club should sell Wayne Rooney.
The England forward is a world-class player and has put in many important shifts at Old Trafford during his career.
But his wantaway ambitions are slowly and systematically erasing those memories, leaving behind only bitterness.
David Moyes seems resolved to refuse any offers for the 27-year-old, whether Rooney likes it or not.
But having a sulking, morose player on the books is potentially more damaging to the Red Devils than seeing him in the blue of Chelsea.