Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United have been surprisingly quiet in terms of actual signings in this transfer window, only bringing in Japanese playmaker Shinji Kagawa from Borussia Dortmund and wunderkind Nick Powell from Crewe.
Although Kagawa has so far shown that he is capable of providing classy performances for United, he can't completely revolutionize United's midfield.
As for Powell, he is unlikely to see any major first-team action.
United fans will fell especially hard done by after a deal for Sao Paolo midfielder Lucas Moura—a deal that looked to be clear-cut—fell through as Lucas snubbed the Red Devils in favor of free-spending Paris St. Germain (via the Telegraph).
With the season soon approaching, Sir Alex has a little over a fortnight to complete any signings he wishes to make.
Let's take a look at some signings United need to complete before the season starts.
It is no secret that Patrice Evra isn't getting any younger. While the French left-back still commands his side of the park with decent authority, with every season that goes by, Evra's lack of pace is exploited by a younger, faster generation of wingers and strikers.
Now that Jack Rodwell has moved to Manchester City, a deal looks even more unlikely to go through, so if United are serious about a solid replacement for Evra, Sir Alex may need to reevaluate his £12 million spending limit for Baines.
Robin van Persie
A strike partnership of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie would be absolutely terrifying.
Wayne Rooney needs someone to take the scoring load off his shoulders and the best possible target to fill that role for United is van Persie, the Premier League's leading scorer last season.
If United can find a way to lure van Persie away from the Emirates, then the Red Devils would have one of the most feared and potent offenses in the league.
If United can't land van Persie, then why not sign the next-best thing? Robert Lewandowski, one of the most lethal strikers in the Bundesliga last season.
Lewandowski is also a target for United, although for next summer. In an uncharacteristically generous move, Sir Alex has told Borussia Dortmund he will wait until next summer to bid for the Polish striker so Dortmund can enjoy Lewandowski's services until he only has one more year on his contract (via the Daily Mail).
Sir Alex needs to rescind that statement and make a serious bid now if he misses out on van Persie.
As mentioned before, Rooney needs a serious striker partner to help shoulder the load. Lewandowski would also be a good fit for that role.
Some would even say Lewandowski would be a better business move than van Persie, since the Polish goal scorer is only 23 years old; van Persie is close to 30.
Fans can't be completely satisfied about United's transfer activity, with only Kagawa and Powell coming in. These three signings would go a long way toward revolutionizing an aging United squad and giving United a better chance to reclaim the Premier League title.
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