After collecting the BBC Diamond Award at the Sports Personality of the Year awards on Sunday, Dec. 15, former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said he picked the right time to retire.
As his replacement David Moyes takes a look at his current squad he might be inclined to agree. With a severe lack of midfield options, inconsistent wide men and an ageing back line, the new man at the helm is eager to get some business done in January.
According to Colin Harvey in the Daily Star, Moyes said:
We have got the money and the club will spend. There is no question about that. A lot of [potential targets] may well be at clubs in the Champions League or at clubs who are not willing to sell because they may be in a good league position at this moment in time.
The red side of Manchester have been linked to a whole host of names over the course of the last few months. Here’s a look at those names that have been circulated the most, and which ones are most likely to land at Old Trafford in January.
The Herrera to United rumour is one that hasn't gone away, despite comments to the contrary from those involved.
Jamie Jackson of the Guardian recently reported that Moyes was set to go back in for the Spanish midfielder, who has endured a difficult time at Athletic Bilbao since Ernesto Valverde took the reins from Marcelo Bielsa at the beginning of the season.
Herrera has made 12 appearances for Bilbao in La Liga this season. He started one of those games on the bench and was substituted off in seven of them.
Herrera will represent something of a gamble for Moyes, but the Scottish boss appears to be a big fan of the Spaniard, who enjoys taking up a deep-lying playmaker role.
The highly rated Sevilla youngster has been tipped as a possible replacement for an ageing Patrice Evra.
According to talkSport, United are considering a move for the defender, who made his debut for Spain in October.
Left-back appears to be one of the positions Moyes is keen to fill, having actively pursued Leighton Baines and Fabio Coentrao over the summer.
But with Baines just turning 29, a move for Moreno, who turned 21 this year, would represent a transfer not just for the present but for the future also.
Sevilla have represented something of a selling club of late with Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo both moving to the Premier League over the summer. That’s a trend that will give Man United some encouragement to go and get the talented youngster.
Angel di Maria
Di Maria would be the type of signing that gets Man United fans excited.
Dermot Corrigan of ESPN FC suggested that Florentino Perez is looking to sell the Argentine winger as the club look to raise money, and that will be music to Ed Woodward’s ears.
Di Maria would offer United consistency in the wide areas, something they have lacked in recent seasons.
According to John Cross in the Mirror, United sent scouts to watch Matic in November and a move for the former Chelsea reject could be on the cards.
The defensive midfielder has impressed since moving to Benfica and he would plug United’s biggest hole in the centre of midfield.
Cross reckons Matic will demand a fee in the region of £20 million. Now that Benfica are out of the Champions League equation, Matic may not be as inclined to stay put.
While Reus can’t necessarily be classed as a likely signing, it’s worth mentioning him here.
There are numerous questions surrounding this transfer. Why would Reus leave a quality team like Borussia Dortmund? Why would he move to Manchester United? Would he swap his home country for England? How much would he cost?
But, Moyes has talked a big talk in recent weeks about the January transfer window. His aforementioned comments suggest he is gearing up to pull a rabbit out of the hat, and the capture of Reus would be one of the biggest tricks he could muster.
The German midfielder is one of Europe’s most exciting players and he would have an impact, not just on the pitch, but off it too.