Ed Woodward tells United fans what to expect in January

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Ed Woodward has suggested that Manchester United fans shouldn't expect a busy January transfer window.

Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward has hinted that the club could be set for a relatively quiet January transfer window. 

The Red Devils spent big over the course of the summer, bringing in over £150 million worth of new recruits, but Woodward has suggested that this expenditure will not continue into the new year.

He did, however, say that should Louis van Gaal still want another player then discussions could be made to make it happen.

"I wouldn’t have expectations for January," he revealed, "but if there is a willingness from the manager, we will engage with him and if there an opportunity, we will try and take that as we did last year with January.

"We don’t intend to significantly increase the cap ex [capital expenditure] in January.

"We will continue to monitor in association with Louis his view of the squad and which areas we want to strength and which areas we want to sell."

Last January, United brought in Juan Mata from Chelsea, but it seems that any transfer which is similarly high-profile appears unlikely. 

The Red Devils have been linked with making a possible move for Kevin Strootman in January 2015 but, unless van Gaal feels that they are desperate for even more additions, it appears that these reports could prove unfounded. 

In truth, United should not need to add too much quality to return to the top of the league after this summer.

They have unquestionably brought in some of the finest players from across the world and now have one of the most intimidating forward lines in world football.

There is a depth to their squad which wasn't in place previously and if Van Gaal cannot reach the top four with the players he already has at his disposal then serious questions should be asked.

Indeed, Woodward himself said that he felt the side were on the verge of a memorable season under their new Dutch manager's stewardship. 

"Under Louis there is a real feeling at the training ground that we are at the start of something special," he said.

"I'm confident with Louis as our manager, with a clear philosophy and a reinvigorated squad, we will get back to challenging for the title and trophies."

If the side are to meet expectations then they will have to drastically improve on their showings to date this season, and the new additions need to have an immediate impact. 

United are yet to win a competitive game this campaign, but they will have a new look outfit in place after the international break and this should help elevate them up the table.

Van Gaal's men take on QPR on Sunday and they will be hoping to make a statement, as they look to kick-start their season after a faltering start. 

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