Manchester United can shock rivals with major transfer move

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Manchester United have never really used the January transfer market as a time to really stamp their authority and make key signings.

But, this isn't really a major surprise - when the market reopens, just after the busy Christmas schedule, many of the top stars around the world aren't available as clubs don't want to see their prize assets depart.

For a club of United's size, there's not much point in recruiting players that aren't going to dramatically improve them and that's why they usually stick to summer business.

However, on occasions, top class players are available in January and the Red Devils have had success in this market before.

Cast your minds back to January 2006 and Sir Alex Ferguson signed two of his best players of the decade in Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic.

So, talent is out there, it just has to be found.

And that's exactly what David Moyes has to do this time around.

With the Premier League champions struggling to build momentum and really get their season going, they are in need of fresh blood.

Sitting in eighth position is most certainly not where Manchester United fans want to see their side and they will be desperate to see at-least one star enter the scene at the Theatre of Dreams.

However as most clubs ponder through the January transfer market, Manchester United must make their mark. Moyes must change his approach from the summer and be ruthless when making his move.

The first thing the Red Devils boss must do is secure the deal to bring Leighton Baines to Old Trafford. The Baines saga has gone on long enough for fans of the Red Devils and United should finally bring him to the club in January.

Once that's sorted there's no doubt United need to concentrate on bringing a midfielder to the party at the Theatre of Dreams.

The signing of Marouane Fellaini has yet to really take off and United are crying out for an enforcer in the middle of the park.

As Michael Carrick remains absent on the sidelines and the likes of Anderson and Tom Cleverley continue to struggle in the middle of the park, Moyes must find a major star to fill the gap.

In the summer, the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Ander Herrera were lined up by the Old Trafford outfit and surely Moyes will have another name in mind for January. 

Names like Marco Reus and İlkay Gündoğan have been mentioned, but Moyes must, on this occasion, choose an identified target and bring him to Old Trafford. 

If Moyes gets Baines and then adds quality to his midfield, then United's season can be turned around. The Red Devils are not missing as much as what everyone thinks. Perhaps it will just take one or two additions and then the Red Devils can really start challenging with the elite again. 

They have a world class goalkeeper and also have one of the most feared strike partnerships in world football so with the addition of one or two in January, Moyes' team can really get going. 

The Manchester United boss' first job is to make sure his side stay just about in the race for the Premier League until then. 

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