Wayne Rooney may have signed a new five-year deal at Manchester United, but that was all based on the reassurance of the club moving forward and bringing new, world class players into the team. Now, manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he will not be signing anyone in the January transfer window.
Speaking to The People, Ferguson revealed that having a player like Antonio Valencia return from the horrific break and dislocation of his left ankle will be just as effective as the purchase of a new player:
“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.”
Owen Hargreaves is another looking to return to action for United soon, after just one appearance in twenty months due to multiple injuries. And with that, Ferguson see’s no reason to bring in new players:
“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.
“We will buy what we need to buy. We know what we need. There is always this issue if Van der Sar, Scholes, Giggs or Neville were to retire.
“But we’ve had that situation for the last two or three years. We are well ahead of that. We know exactly what we have to do with that.”
In the past few months United have been linked with talent such as Wesley Sneijder, Lassana Diarra, Gareth Bale and Bastian Schweinsteiger. Whether anything will eventually materialize though, is a completely different thing.