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'It is players who win you matches, not tactics'

'It is players who win you matches, not tactics'

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Darren Fletcher has only started four Barclays Premier League games this season

Darren Fletcher has only started four Barclays Premier League games this season

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'It is players who win you matches, not tactics'

Louis van Gaal has ruled out any players coming in to Manchester United before the closure of the January transfer window.

"We are only selling players, not buying them," van Gaal said at his press conference ahead of the clash with

Van Gaal also saod that he is not a fan of the mid-season transfer window.

"I don’t think it’s favourable for the league because it’s a little bit unfair. You start a league and then you change your team – the richer clubs can do that and it’s not fair for others. But that’s the rule and you can take benefit of it. I read every day that I or United are interested in other players. We only have under contract now Victor Valdes. We gave him a chance."

The United manager also revealed that Darren Fletcher looks set to sign for West Ham after he confirmed the midfielder is in London for talks with the club.

Fletcher was named United vice-captain at the start of the season, but has been unable to break into Van Gaal's first team and now looks set to move to the London side.

"Darren Fletcher is now in West Ham, I believe," Van Gaal told a press conference on Friday afternoon.

"So we have to wait and see."

The United manager said that he will miss Fletcher if he decides to leave the club.

"He is my third captain so he is an important guy in the dressing room, I like him as a person so we shall miss him. But he hasn't played so many times and that is always the main goal of a player. We have talked about that and he prefers to play."

Van Gaal also confirmed midfielder Michael Carrick was set for four weeks out with a muscle injury.

United posted this message on their website shortly after the press conference concluded: "Van Gaal has confirmed that Michael Carrick will be out for four weeks with a muscle rupture."

The website said Ashley Young is getting "closer" to full fitness following his hamstring injury.

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