David Moyes' decision to play Phil Jones in midfield shows just how desperate the Red Devils are to sign a midfield enforcer.
Although Jones always produces steady performances in United's engine room, it is clear to see that the England international's long-term future lies as a centre-back.
Jones' inclusion in United's starting line-up to play Fulham at Craven Cottage also shows that Moyes has not been entirely happy with Marouane Fellaini's recent performances.
Moyes' only other options to partner Michael Carrick in the heart of Manchester United's midfield are Anderson, who looks to be on his way out of Old Trafford in January, and Tom Cleverley, who is yet to add consistency to his game.
Former Everton boss Moyes highlighted Manchester United's midfield as a major weakness in the Red Devils' set up when he took over the club in July and he is yet to be convinced that his current crop of stars will solve the problem.
Moyes recently said that he is looking to add players to his squad in January and I think he should make a move for former Manchester City star Nigel de Jong.
The combative Dutchman is exactly what United need. He breaks up play through his hard tackling before distributing the ball to one of his more attack-minded teammates.
He may not be the most pleasing player on the eye - but he is highly effective at sitting just ahead of his side's centre-backs.
Manchester City have missed De Jong's presence in their midfield, with his replacement at the Etihad Stadium - Javi Garcia - failing to replicate the Dutchman's high standards.
De Jong, 28, moved to AC Milan on a three-year deal for an initial fee of just £3.5million in August 2012.
Manchester United could probably tempt De Jong away from the San Siro by offering AC Milan around £6-10million in hope of prising the Dutch international back to Manchester.
A move for De Jong would be an outstanding deal for both the Dutchman and Manchester United, as the Red Devils would have a fantastic midfielder on their hands and the AC Milan star would have the chance to show Manchester City what they are missing.
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