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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Manchester Utd won't buy in January

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has ruled out making any new signings in the January transfer window, despite being linked with a host of names after the Wayne Rooney contract saga.

Rooney was upset over the lack of assurances in United's transfer plans - causing him to reveal publically that he wanted to quit the club, before dramatically changing his mind - and the likes of Edin Dzeko, Karim Benzema, Kaka and Wesley Sneijder (until he signed a new deal with Inter Milan) were being talked about.

However, as the Manchester United boss saw his side beat Tottenham 2-0 in the Premier League to keep five points behind leaders Chelsea, Ferguson claimed there was no need to bring any new players to Old Trafford in over the winter.

''We won't be buying in January, definitely not,'' said Ferguson in the Independent. ''If you want someone to play in Europe, you are limited right away. There are hundreds of players cup-tied.

''You have five months left of the season, I will have Antonio Valencia back hopefully towards the end of February, which is a new player coming back. If Michael Owen gets back, it is another new player coming back. So with the squad I've got, I don't see any reason for us to buy anyone.''

Ferguson also revealed Rooney is not set to return from his ankle injury for another five weeks.

''I think Wayne Rooney will be out for another five weeks,'' he added in the Sunday Express. ''He'll have to pick up his fitness again. I would think five weeks should be about right.''