Manchester United must aim higher than £16m Spain star

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Manchester United are rapidly becoming the Premier League's most entertaining and unpredictable soap opera.

Just when it appeared as if a confident 5-0 demolition of Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen that emphatically secured their progression into the first knockout phase of the Champions League with a game to spare had turned their season around, the reigning top-flight champions drew 2-2 with struggling Tottenham on Sunday before being toppled by Everton at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening.

That aforementioned loss at the hands of David Moyes' former employers perfectly highlighted Manchester United's rather desperate need for a new central midfielder. 

Although Moyes' men were far from awful at Old Trafford against Roberto Martinez's Toffees, they often lacked that forceful presence in the middle of the pitch capable of having a sizeable impact in both penalty areas.

In recent weeks, speculation has increasingly linked Manchester United with a potential swoop for Spanish midfielder Koke - a player also linked with Premier League rivals Liverpool who is believed to have a release clause of £16 million within his current contract with La Liga title hopefuls Atletico Madrid.

Now, while I fully appreciate Koke's talents as a vastly improving talent who radiates potential, I believe that in pursuing him to solve the club's troublesome midfield woes, Moyes and United would be setting the bar far too low.

To put it simply, they must do better.

While Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers would have the time and the luxury to further nurture Koke and allow him to adapt to the physicality and pace of the Premier League, United's need is evidently far more immediate and requires a player of a far more proven and experienced stature.

January was always going to be a crucial and season-defining month for Manchester United with the chance for Moyes to fully redeem his summer failings and get the club back on track for a serious and sustained title defence.

Bitter and infuriating defeats like last night's at Old Trafford only further enhance the need for United to make a considerable splash in the new year.

In particular, Moyes simply must do all he can to land one of the world's top midfield stars. Koke alone, I'm afraid, simply would not be anywhere near enough. 

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