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5 Players Manchester United Should Sign In The January Transfer Window

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Five Signings Manchester United Need To Make

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Manchester United haven’t enjoyed much success since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson as new manager David Moyes hasn’t been able to repeat his countrymen style since replacing him. The Red Devils’ lackluster play has cost them heavy defeats early in the season (particularly against West Bromwich at Old Trafford) and it seems like the current Premier League champions need to spend in the January transfer window to not lose their place in the Top 4 this season.

A struggling defensive line, several insufficient performances all over midfield (particularly in the wings) and injuries up front haven’t allowed United to start the season the way they wanted to, as they sit in the middle of the standings and seem to be clueless regarding how to get back to winning ways.

In addition, some key players have either struggled to be fit or look to be in the downside of their careers, while others just look to be out of focus after Ferguson’s departure. Therefore, they could use upgrades all over the pitch as some new blood could be just what this team needs to regain the competitive spirit that has made them one of Europe’s most successful squads in recent years.

This slideshow includes five players who Moyes should target in January if he wants to drastically improve the quality of the team, as Manchester United needs to show a better version of their football if they want to maintain themselves in contention for the Premier League title this year.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a soccer writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google

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5. Angel Di Maria

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Ángel Di María has seen his minutes decrease this year after Isco’s arrival and figures to be out of the starting lineup for good once Gareth Bale recovers, so The Red Devils might try to land him once the market opens next year to upgrade their wing.

The skillful Argentinean can play either wide or through the middle and has operated at both flanks during his tenure with Los Merengues and he would be an instant upgrade over youngster Adnan Januzaj or struggling Ashley Young.

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4. Ander Herrera

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Ander was actually close to arrive to Old Trafford this summer, but David Moyes opted to sign Marouane Fellaini who, so far, hasn’t lived up to the expectations.

The 24-year-old has different characteristics as he has an attacking style that would allow him to operate in an advanced role, but he has enough tactical skills to play as a second central midfielder if needed. His price could be a bit inflated, but he’s relatively young and could end up being a steal if he reaches his potential.

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3. Neven Subotic

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Neven Subotic was one of the most consistent players of Borussia Dortmund’s Champions League run last year. Although he has had a fair share of injuries in recent years, the Serbian could be a more than adequate replacement for the struggling Rio Ferdinand.

Subotic’s strengths include a very good aerial game, an excellent sense of location and a very clean passing game that allows him to look for an open teammate instead of sending the ball away to clear the danger. A defensive pair of Phil Jones and Subotic would allow The Red Devils to have a skilled back line towards the future.

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2. Karim Benzema

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Karim Benzema seems to be out of place at Real Madrid, where he has been often criticized by the fans who constantly say he doesn’t give his maximum effort every time he’s on the pitch.

The quality of his play, however, is undeniable so perhaps a change of scenery could do wonders for him. He’s a complete striker who’s able to battle against central defenders or operate on a wider role when needed and he could be a very good complement to both Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.

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1. Leighton Baines

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Leighton Baines is another player that has been on the team’s radar for a few years, as Ferguson has tried to sign him before with no success. David Moyes presence at Old Trafford could allow United to snap him up in the near future.

Widely considered as the best left-back in England and one of the best in Europe, he would be an instant upgrade over an aging Patrice Evra and he’s also miles better than any other left defender in the team. He’s rated highly by Everton so Manchester United might need to overpay to get his services.