Van Gaal set to make big call over January transfer plans

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has hinted he may not sign any players this winter.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal appears to have dropped a hint over his January transfer plans for a key position in his Old Trafford squad.

United are being tipped to add a central defender to their side over the winter, but van Gaal has played down the possibility, suggesting he may trust the players he already has at the back over the rest of the season.

“When you have (defensive) injuries you cannot solve the problem otherwise. Do we have to buy players? No. We have more than enough,” van Gaal is quoted by talkSPORT.

United have been linked with some very good and experienced defenders this winter with the likes of Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar and Borussia Dortmund skipper Mats Hummels, both suggested in terms of players who could improve the team’s defence.

However, the boss has been forced to dip into the youth team ranks, using players such as Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair who he seems content to trust over the rest of the season.

It’s an obvious risk for United considering the pressure the team is under to go out and get positive results, which will help them on their quest to get back into the Champions League.

Van Gaal may feel that there’s no other way for the younger players to become refined first team stars unless he shows them that leap of faith and allows them game time over bringing someone in who would threaten their place in the team.

One of the traits of former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was the way he found younger players to form the spine of sides as each United team move forward and moved on.

This is no different and it will be a huge statement of the belief van Gaal has in the youth system if he chooses to turn down the chance to sign some very good players when the window opens next month.

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