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Manchester United must not sign £15m Brazilian

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Practically the only thing Manchester United fans have to wax lyrical about- aside from the exhausted praise of Adnan Januzaj- is their frontline pairing of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney.

Unsurprisingly it's this department that presents an area that doesn't need to be improved in January for the perennial Premier League champions to stand any chance of retaining a crown that is steadily slipping from their heads.

David Moyes will be afforded plenty of financial backing next month in order to plug the holes in his ailing side, but unlike arch-rivals Manchester City, United don't have the luxury of being able to bring in expensive flops.

This is why, in my mind at least, bringing in Cruzeiro attacker Everton Ribeiro is an action that Moyes needs to forget about.

Reports linking the 24-year-old to Old Trafford have been startlingly frequent of late and, although it's ridiculous to suggest that numerous scouts haven't have been sent to assess whether or not he is suitable for a move to the Premier League, United would be making a mistake if they were to bring him in.

As a winger it's doubtful that he is better equipped to handle the rigours of the English game better than the likes of Januzaj or Antonio Valencia, and seeing as though the latter has been heavily linked with the exit door of late, there isn't many reasons that can support bringing Ribeiro in as a potential replacement.

Moving forward, one fails to see the heightened impact the Brazilian would have over the likes of Shinji Kagawa, Rooney or Van Persie in a more central attacking role behind the striker. Kagawa may not be performing to expectation since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, but there's no doubting his quality or influence when on song.

Bringing in Ribeiro, who is thought to be valued at around £15million, offers no assurances to a squad that is currently lacking leadership, general all-round quality and strong characters.

In years gone by perhaps the capture of such an individual would have been an astute purchase; with time afforded to allow him to bed himself slowly into the English game before developing into a mainstay in the first-team.

However at the current time Moyes is in need of stars who are proven at the highest level and known how to win important games both home and away. Ribeiro isn't currently proven outside of his native country and could oh so easily follow the likes of Fabio, Anderson and Bebe in becoming a Brazilian who has impressed overseas but never made the grade at Old Trafford.

The fact that he's even being mentioned in the same breath as the likes of Spain starlet Koke, Dortmund playmaker Ilkay Gundogan and former Inter Milan star Wesley Sneijder perhaps tells of how desperate the United boss is to bring in names following the summer's transfer debacles.

Regardless, now is not the time to be making hasty acquisitions and taking gambles on players who stand just as much chance of slipping down the pecking order before they climb it as they do making a genuinely beneficial contribution.

Moyes should steer clear of such moves if he wants to retain the support of the United faithful. The Fellaini buy may go down for the time being as an unexpected glitch, but another miscalculation of the same magnitude could do serious damage.

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