Manchester United haven't got off to the most auspicious of starts to a season as they try and defend their Premier League crown.
Currently they are ninth in the league after seven games, having already lost three matches.
For United, in recent times, this is unheard of. Questions are rightly being asked.
The club have gone through a huge change with the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson and the arrival of David Moyes and we must not underestimate the affect this will have on the players, the coaching staff, the supporters and the club in general.
United now need to make a stand and prove that they are not a club in turmoil.
January will be the perfect time to do this with a high profile signing, such as Juan Mata. On top of this, if they can keep hold of their young stars, in particular Adnan Januzaj, it will go a long way to appeasing the doubters.
United underwent a torrid time in the summer transfer market, only capturing the signing of Marouane Fellaini on deadline day itself and losing out on key targets for a variety of reasons.
This needs to be an exception to the general rule rather than the norm.
A lot of United's rivals, both at home and abroad, will be looking on and beginning to feel that they have an opportunity to end the dominance of this great club, particularly in the domestic competitions.
It is important that United fight back and show the same spirit that they have become infamous for on the pitch. They also need to ensure that they are sensible and astute in the transfer market when it comes to bringing players in who will make a positive difference.
Juan Mata would be ideal for United.
He can be the creative spark that United crave and with rumours surrounding his future at Chelsea after criticism from Jose Mourinho , United would be wrong to ignore the Spaniard.
If Chelsea are not willing to sell then a signing of Mata's ilk in January is still paramount.
United, under Sir Alex, had a tendency to do their dealings outside the transfer window, refusing to be drawn into bidding wars for player. However January may well be a time to change this policy. They cannot keep losing out on potential signings at the last minute. It sends out all the wrong signals.
Equally essential is the future of Adnan Januzaj.
Januzaj has been rightly touted as a potential world-class footballer and will be capturing the attention of big clubs across Europe. United, as they normally do, have managed the youngster well and his selection and performance against Sunderland was one of the positives from a disappointing season so far.
Exceptional young talent is rare so it is crucial that United sign the youngster on a long-term contract, proving they can attract and keep the very best talent from across the world.
They have been know for this for some time now and bringing on youngsters has been part of their success story.
United now need to find some consistency on the pitch and prove their ambition off it. They need to bring back that touch of class and arrogance in order to truly dismiss the vultures that appear to be gathering at their door. I am sure David Moyes knows this but he now needs to act, and act quickly.
Do Manchester United supporters feel uneasy at present? If so, what would they like to see change at their club to ensure continued success?
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