Manchester United’s only major acquisition of a disappointing summer was Belgium international Marouane Fellaini, and now that the midfielder faces upwards of two months on the sidelines after undergoing wrist surgery, it’s likely David Moyes will be forced into the January transfer market—if he wasn’t making plans to do so already.
While United’s play has picked up in recent matches, it’s still widely thought they could use a significant makeover in the centre of the park. To that end, it’s no surprise many of the players Moyes is being linked with prefer to operate behind the attack.
It’s also worth noting that in January 2006, when United had persevered through a similarly substandard start to the season, former manager Sir Alex Ferguson went out and bought Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic—players who would become mainstays of five Premier League titles and a Champions League crown.
Moyes’ legacy at Old Trafford, at least in the short term, could well be determined by whether he can act with similar decisiveness in the midseason transfer market.
The following slides will reveal a handful of players United are being linked to ahead of next month. This space will be updated throughout the week, so be sure to check back frequently for the latest scuttlebutt.
Last updated: December 29