After signing only Guillermo Varela and Marouane Fellaini in an average summer transfer window, Manchester United manager David Moyes is eager to add to the side - he has even admitted that the Red Devils are short of two players.
Gareth Bale was linked with a move to Manchester United and the title-holders were prepared to bid allegedly up to £120 million for his services. Bale chose instead to join Real Madrid for £85.3 million.
Manchester United also failed in acquiring the services of Leighton Baines from Moyes' former employers Everton. And his two free-kicks against West Ham shows he is in no battle of confidence, after he admitted he was willing to join Moyes at Manchester United, only to be denied the move by Everton chairman Bill Kenwright after already losing Fellaini to the club.
Moyes also failed in luring fellow La Liga starlets Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao for surplus of £30 million and also a loan deal for Real Madrid full-back Fabio Coentrao.
Moyes has already hinted at the signing of Alexander Song from Barcelona for around £16 million, a club he seems to be scouting very consistently, and also the inclusion of 34-year-old Italian deep-lying playmaker Andrea Pirlo from Juventus.
His squad could be decreased further as Brazilian full-back Rafael has been hinting on a return to Brazil, with Corinthians the favourites to obtain his signature.
Patrice Evra has struggled from the outset and with his first-choice right-back hinting at a move, Moyes may have to fill those voids as Phil Jones and Chris Smalling seem to have become a central entity in the United back four.
On the plus side, at least Moyes has managed to get Wayne Rooney back on form, after he had mixed performances in the latter stages of last season.
Michael Carrick is also seeming to be perfectly fitting the void left by Paul Scholes after he retired (again).
Fellaini has also impressed for the club, after a superb performance in the 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League, though questions have been asked after his disappointing performance in Sunday's Manchester derby.
Baines may be the first target for him in January, but he has to be careful in spending in January - his current 7th place and a 4-1 defeat by rivals Manchester City have already dictated that any signings must have immediate effect.
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