Over the next few weeks, the press will be reeling off the usual multitude of players that United are supposedly bidding for in January. Most, if not all, will just be back-page rubbish – to say football journalists routinely embellish the truth at this time of year would be a massive understatement.
I am sure United will be linked with players in all positions, but I don’t realistically see United spending any serious money in the January window. Many of the players that LVG may be looking at are playing Champions League football, and, in all probability, only crazy fees plus inflated wages would make a January deal possible.
There seems to be a fairly broad consensus that United are still 3-4 top class players away from seriously challenging again for the title, but the chances of high-profile acquisitions in January look very slim indeed.
I would love to see a fully fit Falcao show us what he can do, and if he finally proves to be the success we are all hoping for, then sign a 4 year contract next summer. I believe we should sell RVP and take the £10 million we can probably still get for him. And whilst Wilson looks like he could be a player, United will need to replace RVP with a proven striker; as we’ve seen so many times, great strikers win you titles. Chelsea are a great example – by far the biggest difference for them this season is Diego Costa.
As far as other signings go, I believe both Strootman and Hummels would be smart buys for us, but the one signing we should make in January if at all possible would be the young Southampton right back Nathaniel Clyne. That position is a serious weakness for United, but Clyne looks the real deal, and with Shaw on the left, we could have the two England full backs for the next 7-10 years. If we had those two plus Rojo, Evans, Smalling, Jones, McNair and Blackett to choose from for the two central defender positions, I am sure the defence would be strong enough to see us through to that top-4 finish.