Manchester United: Defensive Targets Boss David Moyes Should Look at in January

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Manchester United: Defensive Targets Boss David Moyes Should Look at in January
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Even with his squad's defensive future seemingly secured, Sir Alex Ferguson tried to bring Raphael Varane to Old Trafford.

With a defensive roster featuring Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, Manchester United look rather well-stocked at the back.

Yet, with the January transfer window just around the corner and David Moyes' team looking rather less resilient as they need to be—especially against their top six rivals—the club's new-year recruitment drive could yet focus on bringing in a number of new faces in defence.

Against Tottenham Hotspur, United's defenders appeared to lack nous as they leapt into the air, allowing Kyle Walker to fire a low shot under their airborne feet.

Earlier in the season, in the humiliating 4-1 defeat against Manchester City, Vidic and Ferdinand appeared leaden-hoofed and utterly impotent against Sergio Aguero and Co., with their lack of pace completely exposed.

Even back in September, BBC Sport's Pat Nevin highlighted how teams were taking advantage of United's defence by targeting and isolating their individual players to disrupt the unit.

With Moyes' Everton sides famous for their sturdiness at the back and hard-to-beat hardiness, the new United manager may seek to harden his team's foundations in January, with the club needing to play it tough in the run-in to stand any chance of taking the title.

Over the next five slides, we'll be looking at the areas of the team's defence that needs the most attention and investment, with a number of potential targets that Moyes would do well to look at in the new year.

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