David Moyes hasn't exactly had the rosiest start to his reign as Manchester United manager.
United might have comfortably progressed in the Champions League and reached the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup, but their league form is a cause for concern.
It's fair to say that the Red Devils have struggled to cope with injuries to key players occurring regularly. United have been without players such as Robin van Persie, Michael Carrick and Rafael for large parts of the season and the depth of the squad hasn't filled in well enough for them.
David Moyes has admitted that he needs to add to his squad and whether or not that means he will add to the squad in January remains to be seen. However, here are three players that the manager should look to bring to Old Trafford.
Luke Shaw - While most United fans would prefer Everton's Leighton Baines or maybe Real Madrid's Fabio Coentrao to join the club in January, a good choice would be the young sensation that is Southampton left-back Luke Shaw. Patrice Evra is now 32 and even though he is loved by many at Old Trafford, his defending has been a cause for concern at times recently.
Shaw, who is only 18, has proved to be a consistent performer for the high-flying Saints, starting 14 of the 16 games that Southampton have played in the Premier League so far this season. His defensive duties have helped his team to six clean sheets and his arrival in January could mean he is eased into the team for the first six months.
Although the deal may cost a lot, the signing will be worth every penny because of the high quality he can provide over such a long period of time because of his age.
Koke - Another player that David Moyes should attempt to sign is Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke. The Spaniard is dubbed 'the next Xavi' and is a signing that United have been crying out for. A player that is comfortable in possession and someone who can distribute the ball quickly and creatively. Koke has got the most assists in La Liga this season and has also chipped in with three goals for his team.
He averages 2.4 key passes per game this season which is something that Moyes' team has been crying out for when Michael Carrick is unavailable. With a reported £15m buyout clause, David Moyes should move quick for someone who has bags of potential in a position that United need strengthening.
Ilkay Gundogan - Perhaps the least likely of the three players that David Moyes could possibly get. Ilkay Gundogan, who plays for last season's Champions League runners-up Borussia Dortmund, is one of the world's most talented central midfielders.
The German has come a long way since joining Dortmund and he capped off a brilliant season for himself by scoring in the Champions League final last May. Last season he had a pass success rate of 86.2% and completed an average of 58.6 passes per game.
Despite Dortmund's success last season, Gundogan and co have struggled this season without Mario Gotze and the imminent departure of star man Robert Lewandowski could affect Dortmund even further.
Gundogan played the first three games of the season for Dortmund but has since been missing with a back injury. He's expected to return in the New Year and with his contract running out in the summer of 2015, there is no reason why Moyes can't try to tempt Gundogan to join Manchester United.
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