Neville sounds January transfer warning


Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has said Sir Alex Ferguson is right not to make any signings in the January transfer window.

The Old Trafford favourite claimed there was no value in bringing new faces in this month as they would be over priced and would have difficulty settling in.

“I've never seen it work, a player come in January, sign for big money and settle before the start of next season,” he told BBC Radio Manchester.

“To go into the market in January you never get full value, people think you're desperate so ask for more.”

United manager Ferguson has had to deal with a number of injuries in recent weeks, which has caused them to struggle at times.

It has even prompted the Old Trafford chief to bring Paul Scholes back out of retirement earlier this month.

Injuries to midfielders Anderson and Darren Fletcher have been troublesome for the Scot, but it is the absence of Tom Cleverley that many believe has had the biggest impact.

Cleverley was a regular in the team at the beginning of the season and impressive performances had lead some to regard him as the natural successor to the then retired Scholes.

An ankle ligament injury suffered in the away victory over Everton was aggravated late last year and the newly capped England international has now been out for over two months now.

Neville believes that Ferguson should resist any temptation to dip into the transfer market, but doesn’t think his old boss needs to be told that.

“He's never been one to panic. You're signing a player now and he needs to get used to the club,” he added.

“Potentially if he's coming from abroad you need to get used to a new league.

“You never quite get the players you want as all the top teams want to keep the best players.”

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