Van Gaal’s Man United mega spend won’t continue in January

Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has revealed that the club are unlikely to spend large fees on big name players in January.

The Red Devils broke multiple records during the summer as they splashed over £150m to lure stars to Old Trafford to announce the ‘Louis van Gaal era’ following the disappointment of David Moyes’ reign.

But even with the vast levels of cash pumped into the United team, their start to the season has been underwhelming – with defeats against the likes of Swansea and Leicester having left them drift of the top four.

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It has long been suggested that LVG will again be given funds in the winter to boost his options, with big money raids for the likes of Kevin Strootman and Mats Hummels having been mooted.

But Woodward says that there’s a “low probability” of such actions in January, with next summer’s window the one the club are gearing towards:

“We’re not looking to enter the market for short-term fixes.” He is quoted by the Manchester Evening News. “However, we have targets that we are looking at for next summer and should any of those become available in January, which is rare, we will consider acting.

“But it terms of expectations we all need to recognise that’s a low probability.”

Van Gaal is thought to want a new centre-back and an experienced holding midfielder as he plots to secure Champions League qualification.