If you were to ask even the most ardent and committed of Manchester United fans just why they have endured such a chronically underwhelming start to the new domestic campaign, you would inevitably receive a barrage of seemingly endless reasons in reply.
The defence is too inconsistent and understaffed, there isn't nearly enough creativity stemming from the centre of midfield and the current crop of supposedly 'established' first-team wingers are simply nowhere good enough for a club of United's stature.
This latter point would appear to be the most topical at present, with the duo of Nani and Ashley Young particularly becoming the focal point of anger and loathing from the stands at Old Trafford.
With those two abjectly failing to cement a credible reputation with the Premier League champions and January arrival Wilfried Zaha seemingly unable to force himself into the first-team reckoning - Capital One Cup aside - it is clear that the Red Devils require immediate upgrades on the flanks.
One player who has been the subject of intense transfer speculation linking him with a move to United - as well as Arsenal and cross-city rivals Manchester City - is Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus.
If United are serious about trying to fire themselves back into championship contention, then this is exactly the sort of signing they need to complete.
Reus is an incredibly versatile attacking talent who is blessed with fabulous technique and a dependable eye for goal.
The Germany international - who has won 17 senior international caps - is a fabulous player who would instantly demand a starting berth at the expense of United's current misfiring widemen.
Not only would he offer increased service to the likes of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, Reus would also demand attention from opposition defenders and therefore free up plenty of space for that aforementioned duo to exploit to typically devastating effect.
According to reports, Reus' current contract at Signal Iduna Park contains a release clause of £34 million.
Now, while this may seem like quite a daunting figure at first glance, more rational though suggests that such a fee is now the norm for a player of Reus' considerable ability.
At just 24-years-old, the player is already more than ready to adapt to the pace and infamous physicality of English football and has several of his best years at the very pinnacle of the game still to come.
United must make significant moves in the new year if they are to have any chance whatsoever of even attempting to retain their top-flight title.
And, what is more, Moyes himself already faces a rather frantic and desperate bid to quickly salvage his own reputation after a disappointing summer was followed up by such a desperately poor start.
Splashing the cash on Reus would not only re-assert United's status among the elite in terms of the transfer market, the additional firepower and significant feel good factor that would inevitably arise as a result of them beating their closest rivals to his signature would put them in pole position to banish their woes and reclaim their title.
With Reus on board, United would storm to glory once more and £34 million would appear to be an absolute steal.
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