By ESPNSTAR.com staff
After shelling out £24million on Arsenal striker Robin van Persie at the start of the current campaign, the Red Devils were looking forward to blowing teams away with an attack-force which also included England talisman Wayne Rooney.
United have not disappointed on this front and after 13 rounds of the Barclays Premier League season 2012/13, they have already fired in 32 goals - the most in England's top flight so far.
However, Ferguson's side have also been very shaky at the back and conceded 18 goals in 13 games which is the highest amount among teams in the current top 6.
As a result, two English newspapers have this week sounded out Ferguson's plans to remedy his leaky defence for next season with the signings of long term replacements for centre-back Rio Ferdinand and left-back Patrice Evra.
According to the Daily Mail, United has made the acquisition of Leighton Baines a "top priority" despite Everton's high £15million valuation of the player. The paper believes that although United unsuccessfully tried to court the player at the start of this season, they "want to re-open negotiations with the Toffees" for the 27-year-old England international.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror believes Ferguson has highlighted Torino's Italian international centre half Angelo Ogbonna as the man to replace veteran Ferdinand.
It claims that scouts from the Old Trafford outfit have been monitoring the 24-year-old for some time and even watched the defender's last two games in Serie A.
Ogbonna is valued by Torino at around £16million while United could lose Ferdinand in the summer when his contract expires.