David Moyes has his sceptics amongst the Manchester United faithful, regardless of how well suited he is to fill the shoes of Sir Alex.
Though the majority of his rumoured shortcomings are either naively formulated or simply the product of those who are too attached to his predecessor to envisage him being properly replaced, Moyes' dealings in the transfer window- or lack of- can be viewed as a very real concern.
United have a strong squad, but not a brilliant one. The addition of the combative Marouane Fellaini goes some way to papering over the slight deficiencies in Moyes' lineup, but in my opinion the Red Devils will be forced into buying in January if they are to end the season with both hands still firmly on the Premier League crown.
The area of the pitch that specifically needs work is the centre of midfield.
Whereas the likes of Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrick Evra provide experience and quality at the back and Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie offer a constant goal-scoring threat up top, the middle of the park looks dangerously bereft when it comes to players of the highest calibre.
Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini are the only two centre-midfielders at Moyes' disposal that offer a genuine competitive presence, whilst all the while capable of controlling the tempo and creating direct channels from which to attack. However the two alone will not be enough to assure the team can challenge on all fronts.
Moyes tried desperately during the summer to bring in a creative midfielder whose qualities lye somewhere between the passing genius of Carrick and the robust physicality of Fellaini; an asset possessive of the flair and creativity needed to form the perfect trio in midfield.
The likes of Thiago Alcantara, Cesc Fabregas and Luka Modric very much match the pre-described mould, which is probably why they were hounded by United for the majority of the summer. Evidently the pursuit of those particular individuals was ultimately in vain, but that doesn't mean United won't revive their interests in other options come January.
Wayne Rooney can go some way to playing the role of the third midfielder in behind Robin van Persie, but the reservations over his long-term future remain a subject of hot debate, and his prowess as a striker is largely unrivalled throughout the League, so he is perhaps put to better use closer to goal.
For me United need another blockbuster midfielder to add an air of calm to their ranks. The retirement of Paul Scholes was inevitable, and the other options, namely Anderson and Cleverly, look barely fit enough to clean his boots let alone step into them. Darren Fletcher's on going stomach issues can rule him out for the foreseeable future, so whom do they turn to?
In my mind Shinji Kagawa is a ready made remedy for what could prove to be a problem at Old Trafford, but thus far Moyes seems to be intent on overlooking him, and the Japanese international has no shortage of potential suitors ready to whisk him away if he is deemed surplus to requirements.
A United side with Carrick and Fellaini as the mainstays in the midfield is a good prospect, Carrick has his unparalleled passing attributes and Fellaini will cause problems for any opposition.
But when it comes to facing up against the best teams in the Premier League and beyond, the addition of a real midfield maestro, and I mean the sort that can be the perfect link-up between midfield and defence, could make all the difference. Chelsea have Mata, Arsenal now have Ozil, City have Silva, but at the moment United don't have anyone to properly exploit their own potential.
The signing of someone with a built-in ability to pick defences apart and wreak havoc with smart plays should be Moyes priority. To get the best out of Fellaini and Carrick it's whats needed, and for United to win the league it's a must.
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