Manchester United: A Few Players Could Do With Replacing
Sir Alex Ferguson will probably be persuaded to sign a player or two, seeing as Anderson is out until February and Tom Cleverley injured also.
And looking at the bigger picture, fringe players like Darron Gibson, Tomasz Kuszczak and Dimitar Berbatov need to be offloaded at some point too, and the money from their sales could help sign better and more suitable reinforcements.
The midfield injury crisis could spark United into action this transfer window, so here are five suggestions to consider in January.
Huge, imposing and probably has the best strength and intimidation rating of any centre-back in the Premier League. Blackburn Rovers centre-back Christopher Samba could be perfect to fill the boots of Nemanja Vidic.
Chased by Arsenal in the summer, Samba doesn't seem to be too happy at Ewood Park, and could favour a move to a bigger club.
And for United at the moment, he fits the bill entirely—strong in the air and in the tackle, with a ton of Premier League experience.
However, there two main issues. Even with Vidic out, United still have enough depth in defence, especially in the coming weeks as Phil Jones moves back to defence.
Secondly, financially struggling Blackburn Rovers have been told by their bank, Barclays, not to sell their main playing asset, i.e. Christopher Samba, as it could send out a "selling-off" message.
A solution? Make an offer they can't refuse; bid £10 million, and throw Jonny Evans into the deal as a sweetener.
Selling off Darron Gibson as planned and adding the money to a big bid for Juventus star Claudio Marchisio could be an option for Sir Alex Ferguson.
Manchester United were said to be interested in Marchisio a while back, with the Red Devils considering a £20 million move for the 25-year-old.
It's clear to see why, given his talent and form this season.
And now with a shortage of defensive midfield options, i.e. only the injured Anderson as a true DM, Marchisio could well be the answer for United.
Click here for five more reasons why Sir Alex should sign Claudio Marchisio.
Currently at Old Trafford, it seems the one who doesn't play for Manchester United is more of a fan favourite than the one who does.
Michael Carrick has come in for a quite a bit of flak from the OT faithful due to his rather regressive performances in recent seasons, while Wesley Sneijder is the player all fans seem to want at the club.
More of a fringe player this season, with Sir Alex even preferring Phil Jones in midfield, time could be up for Carrick.
Sell the deadwood, but plug the gap his wealth of experience brings by addressing the need for world-class attacking creativity and signing the main player fans want.
That could be the answer for Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson, especially seeing as Wesley Sneijder is a perfect fit for the club.
Paris Saint-Germain, Valencia CF and Anzhi Makhachkala are said to be interested in signing Dimitar Berbatov this January, whilst Juventus, Galatasaray and even Premier League rivals Fulham have been linked.
With such interest in the 30-year-old Bulgaria star, and considering United are front-loaded in the attacking department with Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck and Michael Owen all vying for places, the winter transfer window could be the time to sell for Sir Alex Ferguson.
And what better way to use some of the potential £15-20 million from selling Berbatov to sign the player considered to have even more potential than Chicharito himself, his former teammate Erick Torres?
The 18-year-old has already scored 11 goals from 24 league games for Chivas de Guadalajara, much more than Hernandez at the same stage of his career.
United were interested in Torres back in the summer, and could make a swoop for the Mexico U20 star this winter.
And given the lack of attacking talent coming through the Old Trafford ranks, as proved by the lacklustre showing against Crystal Palace in the League Cup, it could be the right move for United.
Tomasz Kuszczak has made it clear he wants to leave Manchester United in search of first-team football, with Anders Lindegaard and David de Gea well above him in the pecking order.
However, with Ben Amos not exactly lighting up the footballing world with his performances and no genuine competition for United's top two goalkeepers sharing the No. 1 spot, a third top-class competitor could help raise their games and prevent deleterious blunders in the future.
And that challenger to the goalkeeping throne could be Yann Sommer, the FC Basel goalkeeper who was vital in helping knock Manchester United out of the UEFA Champions League.
A young keeper with great potential, 22-year-old Sommer could well help stop United conceding so many goals, either with his contribution at Old Trafford, or even just at Carrington.