Sir Alex: Window will be quiet
Sir Alex Ferguson insists United will not be making any serious transfer moves in the January transfer window.
The Reds have been linked with a whole host of names in the media but the boss will only add to his squad if the right young player with potential becomes available.
“Don’t hold your breath waiting for Manchester United to jump through the transfer window when it opens next week!” he wrote in his exclusive United Review programme column. “If you believed everything you read in the media, we would have the biggest squad in Europe, not to mention becoming bankrupt!
“It’s been open season to link us with a stack of players, admittedly some very good ones, but it just isn’t going to happen.
“You can never say never in football because you don’t know who might become available but, speaking generally, I am not looking to do any serious transfer business in January. I don’t have to because I am more than satisfied with the players I have in my squad, a group as good as any I have had in my time at Old Trafford.
“So we won’t be dashing around in a panic. Of course, as always, we will be on the lookout for young players of potential who we can develop.
“We have always done that and it’s the main reason why we never have to buy out of desperation. We always work for the future as well as trying our best to produce winning teams for the present. Clearly serious injuries can upset your plans and force you to go out for a replacement but, by and large, I think we are well covered to cope with the normal absence of players.”
Sir Alex also provided an insight into his thinking with regards to the size of his squad and coping with any absentees.
“I always work on a 10 per cent injury rate so that, on average, I expect that out of a group of 20 players we will be missing a couple,” he added.
“It gets tricky if you are hit by more in the same department. It was quite worrying for instance when we had so many defenders out of action earlier in the season, and I think it showed in one or two results.”