Van Gaal to consider signing players

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is reluctant to sign any players in January, but admitted that he will mull over the option should it help improve his side. 

United’s Champions League campaign came to an end in the group stages as they were knocked out by VfL Wolfsburg and the Red Devils recently snapped their eight-game winless streak when they beat Swansea 2-1 on January 2. 

Lazio midfielder Felipe Anderson and Southampton forward Sadio Mane have been linked with moves to Old Trafford, but van Gaal made it clear that he will think long and hard before signing any new players. 

"January brings the opening of the transfer window and, as I have already seen, we have been linked to a host of players," Van Gaal wrote in United's matchday programme prior to their FA Cup third round match against Sheffield United. "I don't see January as the ideal time to do business as the players cannot then have the pre-season that I feel they need to be integrated into the squad, both on and off the pitch.

"However, if I and the coaches feel that something can be done to improve the current squad then that is something we will look at if the opportunity does arise."

As of now, United are in fifth place on the Premier League standings with 33 points and trail Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Leicester City and Arsenal, who are currently atop the standings with 42 points.