Louis van Gaal confirms interest in signing new players in January for Manchester United

by Tanveer Arayan

Louis van Gaal has admitted Manchester United may be forced to bring in new players in January but insists it all depends on who is available.

The Dutchman currently faces six injuries ahead of the game against West Ham with Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Wayne Rooney, Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo all injured.

Although he is known for preferring smaller squads, van Gaal currently has big problems at left-back and up front thanks to a succession of injuries. It does give opportunities to younger players but the squad is looking a bit thin at the moment.

With that in mind, van Gaal feels the injury list has resulted in him looking to strengthen the squad in the January transfer window if possible.

The problem is that our injuries are always contact injuries and you cannot afford that because football is a sport of direct resistance.

Speaking to reports on Friday, van Gaal said: “Shaw is direct injured, Rojo and Wayne also. We have a lot of long-lasting contact injuries, which is our problem.

“We are looking, but as you know it is not so easy to buy players and in January it is more difficult. We are looking but it is not for sure.”

They are always contact injuries and you cannot afford that. We have a lot of contact injuries and also long-lasting injuries so that’s our problem. So we are looking [at players for January] but as you know it is not so easy to buy players and in January it is more difficult. We are looking but it is not for sure.”

January transfers are always more difficult to pull off because they are halfway through the season but if the right player is available, van Gaal clearly intends to bring them in.

With that in mind, who do you think would be a good a signing to make in January? Let us know in the comments below!

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