Manchester United will not be making any more signings before the winter transfer window closes on Monday night, according to manager Louis van Gaal.
The Dutch coach insists that selling players is his only priority before the transfer deadline, with the likes of Darren Fletcher and Anderson expected to leave Old Trafford over the coming days.
The Red Devils have been linked with countless players over recent weeks, but Van Gaal claims it’s nothing more than newspaper speculation and that goalkeeper Victor Valdes will be United’s only January arrival.
Van Gaal: United will sell, not buy
"I read every day that I or United are interested in other players,” he told reporters, according to Goal.com. “We only have under contract now Victor Valdes. We gave him a chance.
"We are only selling players, not buying them."
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January window unfair - Van Gaal
Van Gaal also believes the winter transfer window only favours the big clubs rather than the teams with less money to spend.
Chelsea, for example, are five points clear at the top of the Premier League table but are set to spend over £20 million on Colombia international Juan Cuadrado this weekend.
"I don’t think it’s favourable for the league because it’s a little bit unfair," Van Gaal added. "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.”
Will United secure a top-four finish?
By failing to strengthen his squad - particularly his suspect defence - Van Gaal now runs the risk of Manchester United struggling to qualify for next season’s Champions League group stages.
The Red Devils currently sit fourth in the Premier League table but have Arsenal, Tottenham, West Ham and Liverpool breathing down their necks.
The jury is still out on Van Gaal, who spent £150 million during the summer transfer window on some world-class talent including Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao.
Nothing less than a convincing victory over the Premier League’s bottom side Leicester City will suffice for Manchester United on Saturday afternoon, eight days on from their embarrassing 0-0 draw against Cambridge United in the FA Cup fourth round.
Can Manchester United secure a top-four finish without signing any more players this month? Have your say in the comments below.