Manchester United may come into this year's Premier League slate as the reigning champions, but that doesn't mean that the summer went swimmingly for the Red Devils.
Since David Moyes took over for the formidable Sir Alex Ferguson, the club has yet to make a single major splash in the transfer market—the only acquisition has been that of Uruguay U-20 defender Guillermo Varela. But that could all be changing, as the new manager is making a last-ditch effort to bring in not one, but two quality players.
According to Alan Nixon of the Mirror, Moyes is targeting both Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines of Everton and has raised the clubs offer to a combined £35 million—a reported £20 for Fellaini and an additional £15 for Baines.
Moyes, of course, is familiar with the midfielder and left-back. He managed both players while with Everton throughout their time with the club.
While both additions would clearly help bolster United's already talented squad, it's more important that Moyes does not strike out on the duo in order to prove that he has what it takes to continue United's streak of excellence in the EPL.
Under Ferguson, the club has been able to construct a roster that is loaded with premier talent. As last season's addition of Robin van Persie illustrates, Manchester has been a premium destination for the top talents in the world, and Ferguson rarely missed on his targets.
So far, Moyes has failed to showcase that kind of pull as manager.
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United have been linked to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Cesc Fabregas and Luka Modric by various media outlets this summer. Yet, none of those players appear likely to be donning the club's kit this season.
It seems that rather than focusing on players that are actually attainable, Moyes has consistently decided to approach the transfer market like a kid playing the FIFA video game. Ferguson may have set his sights high, but he usually came away with his man.
According to David Anderson of the Mirror, Everton manager Roberto Martinez has already classified the Red Devils' hunt for the duo a "waste of time," but Moyes hasn't allowed that to stop him before. With the transfer window winding down, it's time for Moyes to show that he can use United's incredible wealth of resources to draw top talent.
If not, one has to question if he's the man to continue the incredible legacy of success that Ferguson established during his historic reign with the club.