David Moyes must spend in January. Yes, they're a team of champions from last year, but to not strengthen when all your opponents did, was a mistake the Manchester United hierarchy have hopefully realised.
Although United need reinforcements in almost every position, Moyes must spend wisely in January. It's been rumoured that the United manager has £100million to spend in the upcoming transfer window, but Moyes must show maturity in his dealings.
The biggest challenge the manager faces is to prioritise United's main objectives this season. A top four finish with a strong run in the Champions League along with the Capital One Cup should be enough to satisfy the majority of United fans in the Scotsman's first season at the helm.
If Moyes does share the same view, he should forget about the signing of Marco Reus from Borussia Dortmund. He would be ineligible in the Champions League and United's wide areas aren't their main concern at the moment. Yes, he would be a marquee signing, but he should focus on the midfield.
Against Norwich at the weekend, United seemed very unimaginative and they didn't have much creation in their ranks without the likes of Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck all not starting.
Fortunately, Welbeck could be brought on a substitute and nicked a goal for the Red Devils. Tom Cleverley and Michael Carrick don't have the Paul Scholes factor, although they would prosper next to one such as Carrick has during previous seasons.
United don't need an attacking midfielder or a dominant defensive midfielder, they need a box-to-box midfielder who can defend as well as score goals.
That is why Moyes should go for Ilkay Gundogan. The German showed all his qualities in last year's Champions League final, and has the ability to be one of the best in the world.
Only 23, Gundogan would elevate the team around him to perform at a higher level, just like Mesut Ozil did at Arsenal.
Another perk of trying to splash the cash for this midfielder is that he would be eligible to play in the Champions League as his injury has refrained him from making any appearances for Borussia Dortmund this season.
This player would be the perfect signing for Moyes to send a signal to his rivals to show that Manchester United can still attract the best players in the world.
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