Manchester United handed January transfer blow

Despite some very questionable displays at times this season, Manchester United remain in the fight for a top-four place at the halfway point of the campaign.

The Red Devils are six points off 4th place and are currently 9/1 with bet365 to finish in the Premier League top-four this term.

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Manchester United dealt January blow

But if Manchester United fans were hoping that their squad would be reinforced in the January transfer window to help push into the Champions League places during the business end of the campaign, they are set to be disappointed.

This comes with Manchester United’s football director John Murtough warning fans that the club is unlikely to be busy during the January transfer window.

Addressing a United fans’ forum, John Murtough shared the club’s view that the January transfer window was not an ‘optimal time’ to recruit players. He also warned that the Red Devils need to adhere to financial fair play regulations:

“Looking ahead to the January transfer window, we are not expecting it to be particularly busy. There will always be the possibility of deals around the edges of the squad, particularly in terms of finding opportunities for players who are not playing as much football as they would like.

“However, we’ve always been consistent in saying that we do not see January as the optimal time to do business and our recruitment strategy remains focused on summer windows. We’ve seen this season that financial fair play (FFP) rules have real teeth, so we have to be very careful to ensure that we remain compliant, and we will. But that means being really disciplined on spending going forward, with a balance between incomings and outgoings.”

Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.