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United have already inquired about Koke's availability
Similar to their (hypothetical) pursuit of strikers, United will find it tough to reel in elite midfield talent in January due to their poor form this season.
While it seems they have little shot of getting him, United have inquired about Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke, who has eight La Liga assists thus far.
Per Alex Richards of The Mirror, Koke is not keen on a January move to United. However, United must make sure to re-establish their interest if the Spanish youngster somehow has a change of heart.
At age 21, his future is extremely bright, and it is a positive that United are at least realizing where they need help.
The current situation of Roma midfielder Michael Bradley is very different at the moment. After earning 24 Serie A starts last season and earning lots of acclaim, he has started just four games in Italy's domestic league this season.
Due to the fact he is out of favor, it is possible United could snatch him up for cheap in January, and they would be adding a solid piece to their midfield.
As a box-to-box midfielder, the American's work rate, vision and occasional shocking goals could propel the Reds to a second-half surge.