Considering Manchester United are currently top of the Premier League, 15 points clear of second-placed Manchester City with nine games to go, an unprecedented 20th Premier League title looks certain. 

With the trophy effectively in the bag, this might be a good time for Sir Alex Ferguson to start thinking about strengthening his squad for the following season.

A plethora of players are being linked with a move to Old Trafford, but from this endless list, there are only a few who have earned Ferguson's admiration and could really bring something extra to the table.

Robert Lewandowski | Borussia Dortmund 

The Polish striker has been in devastating form since his move to Borussia Dortmund, scoring 49 league goals in 90 appearances, helping his team win two Bundesliga titles. 

It is rumoured that Ferguson almost brought him to United last year, but failed to complete the deal after signing Robin van Persie. Even though United already have a few great strikers, the deal could go through if the rumours surrounding Javier Hernandez prove true.

Gareth Bale | Tottenham

Gareth Bale has been the driving force behind Tottenham’s good run this season, helping the team break into the Premier League top four as well reach the quarter-finals of the Europa League. 

However, the winger has been in fantastic form all season, scoring 16 league goals - putting him third on the top-scorers chart - in 26 appearances. 

A perfect combination of strength and pace, Bale would be an asset to any major club. But a reported £70m price-tag would be a hard obstacle for the Red Devils to overcome.

Leighton Baines | Everton

After moving to Everton from Wigan in 2007, the Englishman has evolved into one of the best left-backs in the Premier League. 

Not only is he fantastic in performing his defensive duties, but he also knows how to stir things up when he goes forward, often helping his team on the counter-attack. 

There’s no doubt the 28-year-old would be a great successor for Patrice Evra.

Marouane Fellaini | Everton

Ferguson has had trouble finding the right player to boost his midfield, but Marouane Fellaini could be the solution. 

With Darren Fletcher struggling to overcome illness, Scholes’ advancing years and with the rumours surrounding Anderson, it might be time to bring in someone to take the load off Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley. 

Fellaini has been great for Everton this season, scoring 11 goals so far, and could really help the Red Devils when it comes to set-pieces and retaining possession.

Luka Modric | Real Madrid

Another great candidate for the central-midfielder role at Old Trafford is Luka Modric.

The Croatian star has already proved he can cope with the demands of the Premier League thanks to his impressive spell at Tottenham. 

Modric currently plays for Real Madrid, but has had trouble adapting to life in the Spanish capital. He has recently hinted he would like to play for the Red Devils, and his amazing passing and playmaking abilities make him a worthy candidate to fill Scholes' shoes.    

Notable mentions:

Cristiano Ronaldo | Real Madrid

There is no doubt every United fan would like the Portuguese star to return to Old Trafford; however, a £55m+ price-tag, as well as high wage demands, make a potential deal unlikely.

Frank Lampard | Chelsea

The fantastic Chelsea player’s advancing years hardly make him a long-term solution, and he has been strongly linked with a move to LA Galaxy.


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