At the height of the Wayne Rooney saga when it appeared he may be leaving United for the blue side of Manchester, rumours were about on who the club could get in to replace such an essential player. Ferguson and the club though were keen to announce after the defeat of Tottenham on 30th October that “we won’t be buying in January, definitely not.”
The announcement came just a week after the club revealed that Rooney would indeed be staying at Manchester United having signed a new improved five year deal on the 22nd October. This statement appears to then confirm that with Rooney’s signature secure Ferguson did not desire any further reinforcements in his bid to win the title back from Chelsea. Perhaps with his star player now tied down, and hopefully reinvigorated having now put all the transfer rumours behind him. And that would provide the added impetus required to his team following a distinctly average start to the season for the Red Devils. Indeed Ferguson goes on to say “You 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 Michael Owen gets back, it is another new player coming back. So with the squad I’ve got, I don’t see any reason for us to buy anyone.” Clearly at this time he believed his squad to be good enough particularly with players returning from injury as well as Rooney having his contract renewed.
Ferguson, like most Premier League managers is not too keen to use the January transfer window for major recruitment, Vidic being a notable exception. The Scot points out how January purchases can be problematic because “If you want someone to play in Europe, you are limited right away. There are hundreds of players cup-tied.” At this point he seems pretty sure that there is no way Manchester United would be entering the transfer market in any form in January.
Yet despite all these assurances given about how Manchester United would not be investing in the first team squad immediately, it appears Danish stopper Anders Lindegaard could be on the verge of signing. Currently playing for Norwegian club Aalesund, Lindegaard is unwilling to comment on the rumours. His chairman, Bjarne Haagensen however reveals that a deal is progressing and could be completed in a matter of hours. Which suggests Ferguson may not have been entirely honest when claiming new recruits would be arriving at Old Trafford.
Speaking ahead of the Rangers game this week Fergie stated: “It is not completed at the moment but there has not been a hiccup either. It will probably happen in the next two or three weeks, but the announcement was a bit premature.” PA