Manchester United lay down their transfer cards

Manchester United manager Sir Alex FergusonSir Alex Ferguson has laid down his transfer cards ahead of the January window.

The United boss is looking to dispel the myths that were created in the aftermath of the Rooney contract saga that they need to buy big in order to prove the club’s ambition. Rumours have been rife that Fergie will look to spend in January, with names like Steven Defour and Karim Benzema among those being linked with a January move to Old Trafford.

Sir Alex has insisted that he has no intention of buying in January, claiming it makes little sense given how limited the pool of players is to choose from:

“We won’t be buying in January, definitely not. If you want someone to play in Europe, you are limited right away in January,”

“There are hundreds of players cup-tied for Europe. By January we will have five months left of the season.

“I will have Antonio Valencia back hopefully towards the end of February which is a new player coming back.

“If Owen Hargreaves were to get back, that is another new player coming back. So in that respect with the squad I’ve got, I don’t see any reason for us to buy anyone.

“There has always been money to spend but it’s not necessarily the case that there will be more transfer activity by us than usual in the summer.” (Daily Mail)

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