Manchester United has some serious questions to face come January. Moyes is no longer holding the ship on course, but rather it is sinking. United have slipped to 9th in the table and are an abysmal 13 points back from league leaders Arsenal. In fact United are 7 points back from just being able to clinch a Champions League playoff spot. Barring an improbable title in the European competition, United look to be in danger of not qualifying for the biggest tournament on earth. Not all hope is lost for United fans though. Despite dropping points at every corner at home there is something the Red Devils can do to help bolster their squad in January.
Leighton Baines seems to be the mega deal that has already been settled. The Everton left back looks to be joining his former boss at United in January. While Martinez has claimed that he is not under pressure to sell any of his key players, the emergence of Bryan Oviedo makes the sale of the Englishman a little easier to swallow for Everton fans. While Baines’ importance to his Merseyside club cannot be underestimated, it is still more than likely he moves across the north to Old Trafford. This move would certainly help shore up a shaky United back line and also provide Moyes with a spark he is looking for.
The Old Trafford Club also looks to be trying to shake up a lot of its long time members. Patrice Evra seems to be on his way out to Monaco come January. Brazilian Winger Anderson has asked for a move to Tottenham. Super-sub, Javier Hernandez, has also voiced his displeasure in his current role at Manchester United. In fact most of David Moyes creative players, Kagawa, Nani and Cleverley included, seem to be on their way out of Old Trafford. Most likely this will not happen in a mass exodus in January; however, Moyes has to look to the future.
The Glazers have said they are willing to spend a ton of money this January in order to strengthen Manchester United. Where does Moyes go with it though? The name Marco Reus has been linked with the Red Devils; however Dortmund will be unlikely willing to part with such a key player in the middle of a Champions League run. Additionally, Moyes target, Cesc Fabregas, is unlikely to leave Barcelona for a struggling English side. There are options for the Scotsman though. Newcastle Midfielder Yohan Cabaye could be the answer to the English giant’s midfield woes. His club not being in Champions League play also means he is eligible to play in Europe for United. Ilkay Gundogan is another Dortmund player that could come over and certainly strengthen United. Both players provide energy and creativity to a squad that seems to be lacking in both departments.
Moyes could most certainly shake up his midfield come January but there is still a lot of work to do. It is weird talking about a defending title winner in this way; however the signs were there at the end of last year. Moyes will most certainly need to find an answer and replacement for his aging center duo of Vidic and Ferdinand. While Smalling and Jones have done their best to fill this roll, they leave much to be desired. However, if the Red Devils want to compete for a Champions League spot, they have to become more creative.