Manchester United rule out January deals

Manchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward

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Manchester United had been tipped to splash out again in the January transfer window, but vice-chairman Ed Woodward says there is a “low probability” of new additions.

The Old Trafford giants forked out nearly £60million to land Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid this summer, while Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Radamel Falcao also joined the club as United spent over £150million on new recruits.

With Louis van Gaal’s side currently seventh in the table, and in the midst of an injury crisis, reports have suggested another spending spree could be on the cards in the new year, but Woodward doesn’t anticipate any major deals.

The United vice-chairman confirmed the club had long-term targets and if they became available moves could be made, but when asked about the possibility of making more signings in January while on a conference call with investors he played down the prospect of significant spending.

“We’re not looking to enter the market for short-term fixes. 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,” Woodward is quoted as saying by the Manchester Evening News.
“But it terms of expectations we all need to recognise that’s a low probability.”

United are 51.00 to win the Premier League this season, while league-leaders Chelsea can be backed at 1.18 and defending champions Manchester City are 7.00.

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