David Moyes should identify Sami Khedira as his top transfer target.
It is reported that the powerful German will be allowed to leave the Bernabeu at the end of the season for around £20million, and the Red Devils should do everything in their power to make him a Manchester United player.
David Moyes has strength in depth in the centre of defence, up top and has several wide players to call upon if needed.
However, the centre of midfield has been a trouble position for the Scot, as the former Everton chief has had to resort to playing the likes of defender Phil Jones there as well as veteran Ryan Giggs.
Khedira, despite being a regular in the well-fancied German side has fallen down the pecking order at Real Madrid.
The 26-year-old is competing with Xabi Alonso, Luka Modric and new signing Asier Illarramendi for a spot in the centre of the Madrid side.
Another factor in a potential move is the German's contract situation.
As of the summer, Khedira will have just one year remaining on his current deal, and Carlo Ancelotti could look to cash in on the holding midfielder.
Khedira would provide a potent combination of experience, physicality and technical proficiency to the United midfield, and his strength and discipline could even free up Michael Carrick to play slightly more advanced - as he did as a youngster at West Ham.
Whilst United fans may dream of Cesc Fabregas, the former Arsenal man seems highly unlikely to make a switch to Manchester.
An alternative may be Ross Barkley of Everton, though the youngster lacks the experience to make an impact week in week out at the highest level just yet.
Barkley is also more comfortable operating in a more advanced role.
Under-pressure Moyes would face competition for Khedira, however.
The German has already expressed an interest in linking up with friend Mesut Ozil at Arsenal, and Arsene Wenger could be keen on adding to his fledgling German contingent.
We've seen the impact Ozil has had on the Emirates outfit, and the capture of Khedira could create a similar atmosphere at the Theatre of Dreams.