Since taking over from the iconic Sir Alex Ferguson during the summer, David Moyes has endured a difficult opening to life in the fabled Old Trafford dugout.
After being widely criticised for failing to secure several high-profile transfer targets throughout a summer window fraught with uncertainly and repeated disappointment, the former Everton boss has been further lambasted after presiding over a less than stellar beginning to the 2013/14 domestic campaign.
With United stumbling from one fixture to the next in disturbingly incompetent fashion, Moyes will surely be looking to significantly boost his faltering side when the market re-opens for business in the new year.
One player who has been linked with a January switch to Old Trafford this week is Barcelona's versatile Chilean attacker, Alexis Sanchez.
A player of Sanchez's caliber is, in my view, exactly what United require if they are to successfully re-ignite their flagging title defence. The former Udinese star is an explosive talent who offers an array of qualities that elevate him far above Moyes' current options in the wide areas.
With a scintillating burst of pace, a handy ability to feature anywhere across the frontline and a canny knack for dazzling footwork, Sanchez offers an enormous threat that positively dwarfs the abilities of the trio of Ashley Young, Nani and Wilfried Zaha - the former two of those ultimately proving to be bafflingly and frustratingly inconsistent.
At 24-years-old, the Chilean is some years from his prime so would potentially represent a sound financial investment.
While he has enjoyed a particularly prolific spell in La Liga at the start of the new campaign, the introduction of Brazilian starlet Neymar has led to increased competition for a starting berth at the Camp Nou and as such Sanchez could be eager to move somewhere where he is guaranteed regular starts and the prospect of sustained Champions League football.
The only concern surrounding a potential move to the Premier League for Sanchez would perhaps be his reputation for the theatrical.
Renowned for exaggerating contact in a manner that may even put Young to shame, that is an element of his game that would need to be radically transformed if he were to prove a popular success on these shores.
United's dismal start to the new season means they are going to have to seek quality reinforcements in January, that much excruciatingly evident to all.
As a consequence, most teams will undoubtedly be on alert to ensure that they can prise as much cash from the Premier League champions as they possibly can. That is simply just something Moyes will have to begrudgingly accept.
A player of Sanchez's quality will not come cheaply. However, if the beleaguered Scot is serious about targeting an unprecedented 21st top-flight crown this season, then he needs to swallow his pride and invest heavily when the transfer window opens once again.
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