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Man United to splash cash if they fail against Newcastle

Man United know that if they are to close gap on City rivals they will need to invest in one or two strategic purchases in the January window. The 6-1 beating to Man City at Old Trafford may have a "one-off" and there has been signs in the Champion League games that their rivals still need to improve defensively which we are sure they will do. The main factor in all of Sir Alex Ferguson sides has been the "leader" from Roy Keanne to Paul Scholes.

Openingly Ferguson has claimed Manchester United’s midfield is strong enough to cope with long-term injuries to Anderson and Tom Cleverley. Anderson is sidelined until February with a knee injury, with Cleverley out for another month with a recurrence of an ankle problem.

The loss of two players who proved to be key figures in United’s impressive early-season form has raised the prospect of a rare January foray into the transfer market by Ferguson, with the likes of Inter Milan’s Wesley Sneijder and Benfica playmaker Nicolas Gaitan high on the United manager’s wanted list.

Both are leaders and the canny Scot will keep his cards close to his chest and providing the Old Trafford outfit get a positive result agains Newcastle today that are where they will stay.

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