Ferguson won't buy players in January

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson seemed to indicate that his side don't really have an urgent need for reinforcements after Saturday's win over Sunderland.

Alex Ferguson, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes

By ESPNSTAR.com staff

The Red Devils have been the most impressive side from an attacking standpoint this season as they have already scored 43 goals, ten more than second-placed Manchester City.

Nevertheless, titles are often won by the meanest defence and goal difference proved to be the decider in the previous season. Many expected a bid for a defender or at least adequate replacements for the ageing stalwart duo of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.

However, Ferguson, never a fan of the winter transfer window, appears to have ruled out the possibility of delving into the market altogether.

"I will not be bringing anybody in, in January - definitely not," he confirmed to the Daily Mail after the 3-1 win over Sunderland at Old Trafford.

"People keep saying we are weak in midfield but these guys are very good players.

"Sometimes it gives me a little problem selecting the right two, although today [Saturday] was simple because (Michael) Carrick and Cleverley deserved to play after their performance (against Manchester City) last week."

Cleverley has widely been heralded as Scholes' successor although the youngster has struggled to feature for the side on a regular basis with various injury concerns having plagued his time at Old Trafford thus far. Ferguson does have the faith in the midfielder's talent, however, and expects him to score a lot more as he develops as a player.

"Tom has goals in him," said Ferguson. "As a younger player he always had a goal in him.

"He has got me three this season and I really do expect more from him because he is a nice finisher."

Should Ferguson be firm in his unwillingness to sign a player in January, he could miss out on the likes of Theo Walcott, Daniel Sturridge, Fernando Llorente or Klas Jaan-Huntelaar as all four attackers will have less than six months left on their contract and could be available for a cheap price.

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