Manchester United still need January additions

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Manchester United manager David Moyes may have enjoyed his best night in charge of the Red Devils by some distance last night, but that success should not persuade the Scot that he has a squad capable of fighting on multiple fronts until next May.

United ran out 5-0 winners over Bayer Leverkusen to confirm safe passage to the Champions League knockout stages, all without key trio Nemanja Vidic, Robin van Persie and Marouane Fellaini.

On the surface United fans will be delighted that they were able to demolish the Bundesliga runners-up in some style while fielding some fringe players, but that emphatic victory should not stop Moyes from aggressively pursuing transfer targets in January.

Ryan Giggs produced a truly remarkable performance two days shy of his 40th birthday at the BayArena, once again keeping retirement talk firmly off the table with a commanding display in central midfield.

Giggs needs help though, particularly if United plan to be chasing Premier League and Champions League glory at the business end of the campaign.

Sir Alex Ferguson was particularly adept at managing the schedules of his senior players to maximise their output in the big matches, a trait Moyes must pick up quickly.

United have been roundly criticised for lacking creative impetus in midfield during the first few months of the campaign, failing to provide Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney with a consistent stream of service in the final third.

Moyes was in the market for a whole host of playmakers last summer before settling on a reunion with Marouane Fellaini, with Thiago Alcantara, Cesc Fabregas and Ander Herrera just some of the midfield maestros on the Scot's shopping list.

Six teams have created more chances than United in the Premier League so far this season, which should be enough to persuade Moyes that he still needs a linchpin capable of linking midfield and attack effectively.

Shinji Kagawa on the surface looks perfect for the role, but has largely been used by Moyes in an advanced wide role besides last night's central berth against Leverkusen.

With the likes of Anderson and Tom Cleverly remaining peripheral figures at Old Trafford Moyes should still consider midfield reinforcements a necessity if the right opportunity becomes available.

United have the experienced nucleus of a title-winning side, but with competition in the Premier League fiercer than ever Moyes could tilt the balance in United's favour with a quality addition in January.

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