What a turbulent two weeks at Old Trafford for David Moyes and Manchester United. November was rounded off in spectacular style with the thrilling 5-0 display away to Bayern Leverkusen. United have been impressive throughout the Champions League Group Stage , something which can't be said of there Premier League form.
Their on a downhill spiral with no wins in their last five games , with a "Fergie time" equalizer from Cardiff City and back to back defeats at home to Everton and Newcastle for the first time since May 2002 being the significant highlights.
Their midfield has really been exposed to be of a poor standard (which emphasizes just how brilliant Sir Alex Ferguson was in getting more out of his final batch of players), their only signing Marouane Felliani has falied to live up to the £27.8 million pounds placed upon him and fans are growing impatient with the Belgian.
Thankfully for David Moyes, United and the press turn their attention away from their poor domestic form to the Champions League , where they will be looking to pip Shakhtar Donetsk to the top of Group A and progress to the Knockout Stage unbeaten.
However it would seem victory at Old Trafford is "vital" in order for the players to regain there confidence once more (something Johnny Evans is quoted saying on Sky Sports News).
With January fast approaching too, a creative midfielder is surely a must for United to consider. Speculation is beginning to circle around Wesley Sneijder once more, a player Ferguson almost signed two years ago describing him as the "ideal replacement" for Paul Scholes.
According to The Guardian, Sneijder is believed to be considered taking a pay cut from his reported salary of €5m (£4.2m) a year from Galatasaray in order to make the move happen.
Victory tonight and qualifying top of the group may prove key for United in the January window signalling they are still a side to threaten and send a message out to their rivals that they can still attract the very best.
But more importantly, it may help swing-board United's league form which needs to be resolved quickly or there chance of even a Champions League place could be over by the time the window opens.
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