Van Gaal speaks about the possibility of signing defenders in January

Angry Louis van Gaal

Manchester United have been linked with a January move for at least one new defender but what has their boss said about that prospect?

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been talking about the prospect of signing new defenders in January, and it may not be what fans of his club had hoped to hear.

United have been strongly linked with a whole host of quality centre-backs in recent weeks, including Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels, Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin and Aston Villa’s Ron Vlaar.

But despite an ongoing injury crisis and without a truly experienced central defender, the United boss appears to be happy with what he has.

In comments published by BT Sport, the Dutchman said of switching Michael Carrick into a defensive position following Chris Smalling’s injury and Paddy McNair’s early substitution, “When you have injuries you cannot solve the problem otherwise.

“Do we have to buy players? No. We have more than enough.”

They certainly have plenty of central defenders, with Smalling, McNair, Tyler Blackett, Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Marcos Rojo all on their books. But they have not replaced the vast experience and composure of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, and United surely need a world-class centre-half if they can get one.

That will be easier said than done, but one suspects United may see out the season with what they have got, with the players on their wish-list far more likely to leave in the summer than midway through the current campaign.

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