As we all know, the January transfer window has officially begun and the rumour mill has unsurprisingly hit the overdrive.
Although usually quite during this month-long suggest transfer window, many reports that Manchester United plan to delve into the market this time around.
Hence, here are three players Ferguson and co. should target during the winters.
Luke Shaw, Southampton
With Patrice Evra nearing the twilight of his career and both Alexander Buttner and Fabio Da Silva unable to impress this term with their respective displays in the league, Manchester United desperately need to look out for a left-back in the transfer window.
Southampton prodigy Luke Shaw is a product of the club’s famed youth academy and can be described as the ideal left-back to fit in at Old Trafford.
Blessed with lethal pace, phenomenal dribbling finesse and astute defensive skills, the 17-year-old is already establishing himself as a regular starter for the Saints and is tipped to be better than even the highly-coveted Gareth Bale.
However, United have never been strongly linked with the promising Englishman and if the reports are to be trusted, Shaw’s most likely destination appears to be the Emirates Stadium.
Kevin Strootman, PSV Eindhoven
Manchester United currently have no true defensive-midfielder in their ranks.
This thus makes their midfield very vulnerable and disorganized against the big teams as the Red Devils lack someone to sit in front of their back-four and orchestrate the game from the deep.
Someone, perhaps, like Kevin Strootman.
The Dutchman is regarded as one of the most promising defensive-minded midfielders in Europe due to his robust tackling style, strong positioning sense and occasional forward runs to break down the oppositions’ defence.
Having been heavily linked with United in the past, Strootman has the capability to resolve all of the Red Devils’ issues in the centre of the park and Ferguson will be committing a huge mistake if he once again misses out on such a talented prospect.
Brazilian midfielder Paulinho is another player who could add the much-needed steel to United’s midfield.
The 24-year-old was instrumental in Corinthians’ victorious Club World Cup campaign last month and has received massive interest from the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal in the last six-eight months.
Possessing beautiful passing abilities and vision, Paulinho can boss the game from his central midfield position and his high work-ethic means that the eight-times-capped national-team star should have no problems in adjusting to Premier League’s style of play.
However, with Corinthians adamant to keep hold of their prized asset and the player himself happy with his current situation in Brazil, chances of Manchester United buying Paulinho look remote.