Woodward speaks about Manchester United's January transfer plans

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Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward has insisted that the club "are not looking for short-term fixes" ahead of the January transfer window.

Manchester United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has revealed  the club are unlikely to spend in the January transfer window unless long-term targets become available.

Asked about the possibility of making signings in January while on a conference call with directors, Woodward admitted there was 'a low probability'.

United spent just over £150m in the last window, including a club record £59.7m on winger Angel Di Maria and reports had suggested that manager Louis van Gaal was keen to bolster his squad again this winter.

The Old Trafford outfit have been linked with a host of players ahead of the new year, including Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman and Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels. 

However, while the supporters will be aggrieved to see the club end the window without spending a penny, Woodward insists they won't resort to panic buys. 

In the conversation reported by the Manchester Evening News Woodward is quoted as saying, "We're not looking to enter the market for short-term fixes. However, we have targets that we are looking at for next summer and should any of those become available in January, which is rare, we will consider acting.

"But it terms of expectations we all need to recognise that's a low probability."

He added, "There's a real feeling at the club that we're at the start of something special. Fans understand the team is heading in the right direction."

With the club lying in seventh place in the Premier League table, just two points of the Champions League qualification positions, the early signs under Van Gaal are positive.

Statistically, the Red Devils may have experienced a worse start under the Dutchman, compared to David Moyes, but the signs of genuine improvement are evident.  

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