'We won't be dashing around in a panic!' Fergie rules out January spending spree

By John Drayton

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Manchester United will not be splashing the cash in the January transfer window, according to Sir Alex Ferguson.

Writing in his matchday programme column for today's Barclays Premier League game with West Brom, the manager said he will only add to his squad if a talented young player becomes available.

United have been linked with Everton's Leighton Baines and Borussia Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski, among others, in the January transfer window.

Frugal: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said he won't be spending big in the January transfer window

Frugal: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said he won't be spending big in the January transfer window

 

'Don't hold your breath waiting for Manchester United to jump through the transfer window when it opens next week!' he wrote.

'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.

Top target: Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski is set to join Manchester United in the summer, according to reports

Top target: Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski is set to join Manchester United in the summer, according to reports

'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.'

Old Trafford bound? Everton's Leighton Baines has been admired by Ferguson for a while

Old Trafford bound? Everton's Leighton Baines has been admired by Ferguson for a while

Ferguson, who turns 71 on Monday, also revealed his contingency plans for coping with injuries.

'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 said.

'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.'

 
 

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need Mario Gotze and a strong central defender

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we need bale, Cahill and lets get pirlo for cheap while we're at it

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Love Alex or loathe him you cannot deny he has saw many other football managers go to the wall , he has kept going through thick and thin for his beloved Manchester United ... Salute the Man , dont crusify winners .

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Following the heavy rain and subsequent inspection the game goes ahead at the swamp this afternoon. Nothing to do with Old Traffords drainage system then, just the need to always deliver positive spin from the theatre of dreams.

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its a forgon conclusion sir alex very rarely does business in january

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Old purple needs to retire........ Dementia is creeping in and looks clueless mosst of the time

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So, wheres the words?

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get Shawcross as a replacement for Vidic. He's a UTD boy at heart, very brave, captains his club and has loads of experience. With the right coaching to finish off his talent he could be immense next to smalling in the future. Put Jones into the holding role in front of them.

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Just sack this old joke, he's embarrassing.

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Good solid article.

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