Van Gaal refuses to discuss Man Utd transfers

by Richard Laverty

Louis van Gaal continues to be very secretive when asked about Manchester United’s transfer plans in January.

United have been linked with several players, mainly defenders and AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman but van Gaal continues to give little away when quizzed after games.

Van Gaal responded with a blunt ‘no’ when BT Sport asked the question after the 0-0 draw against Tottenham on Sunday and was unimpressed once again when Sky Sports had a go after the 1-1 draw against Stoke.

After the game, Van Gaal said: “I don’t discuss that with you. You can ask every week but I don’t think it is your task.”

Both he and CEO Ed Woodward have previously said United wouldn’t buy for the sake of it but supporters may feel Van Gaal’s refusal to talk means the club could be active this month.

The likes of Ron Vlaar and Diego Godin have been strongly linked the moves, the former’s contract is up in the summer and could move for a small fee. However, United could agree to take Vlaar on a free transfer at the end of the season.

The club’s constant pursuit of Strootman could be aided by Roma’s elimination from the Champions League but it still appears unlikely van Gaal will make any major moves before February 2nd.

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