MANCHESTER United are unlikely to spend in January unless the ‘right player’ becomes available, according to manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Ferguson has made it clear that he will not pay over the odds for a player and has played down interest in any specific target.
The title-chasing boss has always been cautious about buying in January as he believes clubs are unwilling to sell their best players midway through the season.
But previous January business has paid off for United - both Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra signed in the winter window. But Ferguson is on record as saying those arrivals are the exception and not the norm.
But United could be tempted into a move given their injury predicament. Vidic, Anderson and Darren Fletcher out long-term.
Former United midfielder, Paul Ince, has said that United need to buy in January. He has suggested that United need a striker and a creative midfielder.
He told the BBC: “I feel they need that creativity in midfield, losing Scholesy (Paul Scholes) was a big loss obviously.
“I think that can come from creativity in someone like Luka Modric or Andres Iniesta, they are the players I would be looking at if I was Sir Alex Ferguson.”
While United are unlikely to spend big in January, a new deal for evergreen Ryan Giggs looks to be in the offing. If Giggs signs another one-year extension to his rolling contract he could be at United beyond his 39th birthday.
Nicolas Gaitan (£29m) from Benfica; Jack Rodwell (£20m) from Everton; Patricio Rodriguez (£15m) from Independiente; Luka Modric (£30m) Tottenham; Klaas-Jan Huntelaar from Schalke; Mats Hummels (£16m) from Borussia Dortmund; Mehdi Benatia (£15m) from Udinese; Wesley Sneijder (£30m) from Inter Milan.
Dimitar Berbatov (£10m to £12m) to Bayer Leverkusen, PSG or Tottenham; Darren Gibson (loan) Burnley, Derby County or Bristol City; Tomas Kuszczack to Olympiacos; Federico Macheda (loan) to Wigan; Mame Biram Diouf to Everton