Man United boss unwilling to purchase short-term defensive reinforcements

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is unwilling to purchase cheaper defenders as a short-term solution for the squad’s lack of depth, Mirror reports.

The Red Devils have suffered defensively in recent weeks due to a growing injury list, especially with their first-choice centre-backs.

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However Van Gaal will not buy stop-gap players in order to give youngsters such as Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair an opportunity in the first team.

United will only splash the cash for players on top of their transfer wishlist, with Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels their preferred option.

This means that rumoured targets such as Aston Villa’s Ron Vlaar and Porto ace Bruno Martins Indi will not be approached by United, despite Van Gaal still possessing a large transfer kitty.

The Dutch manager firmly believes the Old Trafford club should be developing their youth, rather than purchasing cheaper defenders only for them to be replaced by a big-name signing in the summer.

It has however been suggested that if a preferred target unexpectedly becomes available, then the United hierarchy would consider a January move.