Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has confirmed that he does not plan to add any more players during the January transfer window.
After a summer of lavish spending in which new signings worth more than £ 150 million into the club, United appear to be at crossroads. They haven’t seen results improve dramatically, although performances have been much better compared to last season. The likes of Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao have especially been good for the club. One of the main areas where United continue to struggle is in defence.
United made only two signings in the defensive area. Rojo and Luke Shaw were the names who came to the club for around £ 50 million. Van Gaal may have been backed heavily by the club, but the club’s latest 1-0 defeat against Manchester City has raised questions about his ability to turn around the fortunes. Despite spending significantly more money than his predecessor, David Moyes, Van Gaal has actually managed fewer points at this stage compared to last season. The Red Devils sit 10th in the table with only 13 points about from the opening 10 games. Last season, they had 17 points during the same period.
Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels is regarded as one of the transfer targets. The German could cost in excess of £ 25 million, but he recently stated that he was happy at Dortmund. “I couldn’t be happier at any other club in the world right now. Should I make a move somewhere else, I would want that to be a fair deal for everyone,” said the German international. The poor form of Dortmund, who are flirting with relegation this season, could change his opinion between now and the end of the season. United have traditionally not signed major players during the January window.