Will Keane's recall suggests Manchester United will make do with the strikers they have this month

Could Manchester United have hinted that they will wait until the summer to bring in a new striker.

With the January transfer window now open Manchester United fans will be hoping to see a big-money signing or two in the weeks ahead.

After all, despite their considerable summer spending United still look light up front and could do with more pace on the wings – while injuries to Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo have left them with only one recognised left-back in the form of Daley Blind.

Matteo Darmian may have covered at times in the latter position, but this United squad could still do with some reinforcements, which makes the recent comments from under-21 coach Tommy Martin regarding Will Keane all the more interesting.

Keane has recently been recalled from his loan spell at Preston North End, and in comments published by Sky Sports Martin said, “I think that’s the idea of him coming back from Preston; that hopefully he’ll be involved with the first-team more than the under-21s.”

With James Wilson currently out on loan at Brighton & Hove Albion, Keane’s return makes sense, but it also suggests United manager Louis van Gaal may not be planning on bringing in a big-name striker to compete with Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney any time soon.

There was a time when United had prolific goal-scorers in abundance – as many on the bench as in the starting line-up – and yet for now it seems they will be relying on Keane if their first-choice pairing fail to break down opposition defences, perhaps starting this weekend against Sheffield United in the FA Cup.

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