Ed Woodward reveals Manchester United's January transfer plans

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Manchester United's executive vice chairman Ed Woodward has revealed that the club will only enter the January transfer window if long term targets become available, reports the Mirror. 

The Red Devils have been linked with a whole host of players in recent time, however Woodward has played down speculation that they will be spending big once again in the winter market, despite the ongoing injury problems at the club. 

Long-term only 

As well as long term absentees, the Red Devils have struggled in the defensive department throughout the campaign, but it appears that the club won't swoop for 'short-term fixes' in January. 

Woodward, who was speaking on an investor conference call after the club announced a fall in revenue, insisted that United would be willing to act if the right player became available.

United's executive vice chairman said: "We are not looking to enter the market for short-term fixes.

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"However we have targets we are looking at for next summer. Should any of them become available in January, which is obviously rare, we will consider acting.

"But I think in terms of expectation setting, we all need to recognise that is a low probability."

Summer spending 

It appears, then, that Woodward and Co. may not enter the next market after splashing out over £150 million this past summer. The Red Devils made a number of top purchases in the summer as they signed the likes of Daley Blind, Luke Shaw and Co. 

In fact, the Red Devils even broke their own transfer record for the second time in 2014 after completing a deal for Argentine superstar Angel di Maria from Real Madrid.

After a disappointing start to the Premier League season, Manchester United fans will certainly be hoping that the array of talent at the club start to click over the coming weeks and months. 

Arsenal showdown 

Next up for Louis van Gaal's side is a trip to Arsenal, with the Red Devils hoping to move ahead of their rivals by securing all three points in north London. It won't be easy for United, however, with a number of their first-team stars unavailable because of injury.

With Di Maria, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Co. at Van Gaal's disposal, United should still possess quite the attacking threat against the Gunners on Saturday evening.  

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