Tuesday 23 January 2018

Fergie to give the January sales a miss

Mark Ogden

ALEX FERGUSON has ruled out the possibility of strengthening Manchester United's midfield during the January transfer window despite revealing that Anderson will be out until February with a knee injury.

For two seasons now, United's midfield has been an area of concern among supporters.

Most expected a replacement for now-retired Paul Scholes to be introduced during the summer and even on deadline-day the rumour mill was whirring about the potential for a last-minute attempt to buy Wesley Sneijder from Inter Milan.

However, neither Sneijder, nor Luka Modric or Samir Nasri, two other players Ferguson was heavily linked with, were signed.

It didn't seem to matter when Tom Cleverley started the campaign so well. But Cleverley has been sidelined by two injuries, the latest of which, to his ankle, he is not expected back from until the festive programme.

With Anderson now ruled out as well, Ferguson's options have been depleted significantly. But, with Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney and Phil Jones all capable of filling a central berth, he intends to stick with what he has got.

"It's not easy to buy a player and buying the right player is even more difficult -- especially in January," he said.

"We don't have a scattergun approach to signing players and I don't see anyone among the players available who could make us a better team.

"I could choose two or three players who I would like to have at this club, but they are not available. There would be no point even going there."

Ferguson added: "We are not as bad as people think."

"Ryan Giggs gives you experience. Michael Carrick had a bit of a problem with his Achilles in the early season, but he is over that now and his form in the last two games has been outstanding.

"Darren Fletcher, given the right preparation, is always a very good player for us.

"But getting Cleverley back at Christmas time would be a bonus because he is such a clever footballer."

The return of Rooney from a hip problem and skipper Nemanja Vidic's availability after suspension offers Ferguson the additional options he needs for their encounter with Newcastle United.


Although they have a woeful record at Old Trafford, where they have not won for 39 years, Newcastle will be dangerous opponents.

They caused Manchester City quite a few problems last weekend before eventually surrendering their unbeaten record and, in Alan Pardew, have a manager Ferguson rates extremely highly.

"Everyone has been taken by Newcastle's start to the season and the credit must go to Alan Pardew," said Ferguson. "When he was at Reading we gave him Luke Chadwick on loan. He was first-class in terms of the information he gave us. He is very meticulous.

"He has grasped the nettle at Newcastle very well and they are all working like Trojans up there." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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