Manchester United have the toughest of tasks to face in the Champions League, in Real Madrid.
Real Madrid, the nightmare draw for Manchester United: That was how we called the potential tie before it was even made, and now the two teams have been brought together, it looks even more daunting in reality.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Mesut Ozil, Gonzalo Higuain - The firing squad are coming and United better get their defence in order.
But just earlier this week Sir Alex Ferguson categorically stated there will be no January signings:
"I will not be bringing anybody in, in January, definitely not." - He told the Mail on Sunday.
Is he bluffing? Or does he mean it? Well he probably meant it. But we are just wondering if he may now reconsider.
While United may have a strike force as good as any of theirs in recent history, questions remain in key areas:
Wingers: Nani is out of contract in 18 months time, and has been in poor form all season prior to his injury. He has been linked away with United potentially bidding for Porto's James Rodriguez to replace him. Ashley Young has also been in mixed form and Antonio Valencia is also struggling of late. A new winger would mix things up and provide a new attacking outlet.
Central midfield: United have Shinji Kagawa returning shortly which will hand them a key boost, and negate any need to sign Wesley Sneijder. However there is a real question over whether Michael Carrick has what it takes to keep Mesut Ozil quiet. United need a midfield enforcer like a Lars Bender or a box-to-box player like Oscar de Marcos as if they are unlucky with injuries, an ageing Paul Scholes up against Xabi Alonso may not be a fair contest.
Defence: Are you confident with Patrice Evra facing Angel di Maria? Can Rafael keep Ronaldo quiet or is it a recipe for disaster? While Vidic is due back in central defence, their full-backs are potential weak points, and United may want to consider their options.
What do you think? Are United fine as they are, or do they need to strengthen with Madrid in mind? If so, where?
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