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Manchester United should target these transfers to mount title challenge

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So far it has been somewhat an underwhelming transfer window at Old Trafford. Memhpis Depay has been the only notable addition for Manchester United and it is obvious to any football fan that they will need more than just the young Dutchman.

Liverpool have made crucial early signings and will have their eyes set on usurping Man Utd for that coveted Champions League place. But can they do it?

Here are three players that could help United accelerate away from Liverpool and perhaps propel them to greater things. Did someone say a Premier League challenge?

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1. Fabinho

Some might see Everton's Seamus Coleman as the more suitable heir to Manchester United's right back position but I believe Fabinho could fit the bill.

Remarkably tall for a full back (6'2') Fabinho is blessed with outstanding physical attributes as well as catches many opponents off guard with his pace, eating up the grass with those long legs.

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The young Brazilian's versatility was acknowledged in last season's Champions League against Arsenal where the full-back put in a very assured display in defensive midfield.

Far from the finished article Fabinho may require some tinkering to his playing style from Louis van Gaal but the potential is there for all too see.

His lack of crossing ability would be the main issue as the Brazilian failed to pick up a single assist in Ligue 1 last season. An unfavourable stat compared to perhaps Coleman who thrives in this department.

However it is clear that Fabinho is capable of playing at the highest level as he proved last season in Europe. It could prove to be a shrewd investment and one that certainly would not break the bank.

2. Nicolas Otamendi

Despite the current Sergio Ramos transfer fiasco the obvious candidate form United's defence for me is Valencia's Otamendi.

A statistical monster the Argentinian topped the charts last season for tackles, aerial duels, interceptions and clearances for Valencia (stats from Squawka).

A true leader on the field Otamendi was crucial to Valencia's impressive season and established himself as one of Europe's finest.

Blessed with pace and outstanding defensive awareness the Argentine seems a perfect option to plug the holes in United's leaky defence.

He also has an eye for goal weighing in with six domestically last season including a winner against none other than Real Madrid.

Otamendi's presence would probably elevate the standards of the young defenders around him and help relieve the pressure they seem to be so consistently under. Would possibly be the most crucial signing although this one might be a tad more expensive?

3. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Many will think this is an odd choice considering the attacking talent that has already been linked with United. Gonzalo Higuain, Edinson Cavani and Thomas Muller are just some of the names, but I think Aubameyang is one of the finest forwards in Europe.

Last season Aubameyang dragged a desperate Dortmund side back up the Bundesliga table and was the main catalyst during their periods of impressive form.

United will need a new striker after Wayne Rooney's inconsistent season in front of goal and the poor form of the supposedly departing Robin van Persie.

Aubameyang may not be the most high-profile name out there but proved last season he may be one of Europe's deadliest strikers.

His blinding pace and clinical finishing have made the Gabon international into a defender's nightmare and his versatility will appeal to LVG.

He scored crucial goals in the Bundesliga, cup and Champions League last season including a priceless equaliser against Bayern Munich in the DFB Pokal.

He may not be the name on the lips of most, but his 16 league goals in an under-performing side speak volumes about the talent that the Dortmund man possesses.

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