Ferguson expects no more signings

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United unlikely to spend more

Sir Alex Ferguson is adamant he will not buy for the sake of it.

The Manchester United boss has continually insisted there is "no value" in the transfer market and is not tempted to take a plunge in the last three weeks before the window closes.

"I don't see the value in adding to our squad," said Ferguson. "I am happy with what we already have and I don't see any reason to add to that just because people want me to buy someone."

His summer purchases so far have been restricted to young defender Chris Smalling and Mexico World Cup star Javier Hernandez.

The latter man in particular has made a pretty decent impression so far, although put alongside the spending of Manchester City, the sums are paltry.

Yet that knowledge will not deflect Ferguson from his chosen path.

Senior figures at United have always insisted the debt incurred by the Glazer family in their running of the club is having no effect on Ferguson's transfer budget and the money is there if he wants it.

However, even though Germany's Mesut Ozil and Danish goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard are said to remain on Ferguson's radar, ahead of Sunday's Community Shield tussle with Chelsea at Wembley, it is evident the cash he does have is not burning a hole in his pocket.

Ferguson added: "Supporters want you to buy players. They like to see a big signing every year. Sometimes the players like to see a big signing.

"But we have to be sensible about it. We look at our own squad and ask what do we need? I look at the players everyone says are available and they don't excite me."

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