Manchester United have had a rather strange couple of years by their standard, as the usually Premier League title-challenging squad finished a lowly seventh last season and has seen a huge influx of players used to be frowned upon by their own supporters.
But as they say, “what goes up must come down”, which is the reality that the Red Devils and their supporters must accept.
After already purchasing over £150million in players over the summer, manager Louis van Gaal still has the ingredients to build a successful team, but there could be a few players that will really fill the missing pieces in the Old Trafford puzzle.
Can any of these players be from the Italian Serie A?
Here are FIVE Serie A Players Manchester United should sign in January.
Kevin Strootman has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United in recent years, and he may have arrived if it wasn’t for a serious injury in the middle of last season.
However the Holland international has recovered for Roma, featuring in the last seven minutes of their 1-1 draw against CSKA Moscow during midweek.
Strootman is a talented centre midfielder capable of dictating play as well as being strong in the tackle, components required in a box-to-box midfielder.
The Dutchman also chips in with his fair share of goals, but the Red Devils may need to cough up over £20million to sign the former Ajax star this winter.
Could Manchester United really bring back former captain Nemanja Vidic only after half a year away from Old Trafford? Well according to recent reports they could.
The Red Devils have been struggling with injuries recently, especially in defence, and while it is expected that Phil Jones and Jonny Evans will be the starting pair, Nemanja Vidic’s vast experience and know-how could be extremely beneficial to Louis van Gaal’s side at this moment.
The Serbia international is also having a torrid time in his new surroundings at the San Siro, with new boss Roberto Mancini already dropping him out in the Nerrazurri’s 1-1 draw with AC Milan.
Without regular playing time, United could swoop in with a loan move till the end of the season just to fill the void before Jones, Evans, and Smalling are ready to finally fill his boots.
One of Manchester United’s biggest mistake may have been letting Paul Pogba leave for free to Juventus, as the Frenchman is now one of the best young players on the planet.
Pogba’s rise and Claudio Marchisio’s improvement this season may see Arturo Vidal, who was linked with United all summer, finally depart to Old Trafford.
Vidal is one of the best in his position and will slot easily into the first team, but it is uncertain whether manager Louis van Gaal will risk buying another injury-prone player after Radamel Falcao’s consistent setbacks.
Yet if Juve allow Vidal to search for a new club, expect United to still be interested in signing the Chilean powerhouse.
Manchester United have been unlucky with injuries this season, as at one point up to eleven regulars were unavailable due to their respective knocks.
One player that can relieve those woes is AC Milan star Mattia de Sciglio, whose versatility allows him to play at right back, left back, and even centre back at the top level.
Naturally a right-back, the young Italian has been fielded mostly on the left to accommodate Ignazio on the other side, but has performed admirably… resulting in a call up to play for the Italian national side.
The Rossoneri will be extremely reluctant to let their prized asset depart, but the cash-strapped club may not be able to refuse an offer in the region of £16million.
With an abundance of strikers at Manchester United, it may be odd that they would consider a move for Chelsea target Mattia Destro.
However that could very well happen with Robin van Persie rumoured to leave shortly along with Radamel Falcao, who has failed to fully recover from a knee injury which caused him to miss the FIFA World Cup.
Destro is strong in the air as well as a composed finisher, and is touted to one day lead the line for the national team.
The Italian is however having his chances limited at the Stadio Olimpico due to the ever-consistent presence of captain Francesco Totti, which has seen Destro only start six games this season.
Yet Destro, 22, has four goals, and could be a great player to lead the Red Devils front line in the near future.