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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Sir Alex Ferguson plays down Manchester United transfer talk: I'm perfectly happy with the strength of our squad

The Red Devils have been linked with a number of top names in the lead up to the January transfer window but the Scot has indicated that he doesn't feel the need to make changes

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has insisted that he is happy with his squad and therefore won't make moves in the January transfer window unless a top player becomes available or if his already decimated roster is hit by further injuries.

The Red Devils boss has already dampened expectations of a splurge in the New Year and has claimed that he won't be swayed into changing his stance despite seeing a number of major casualties to his squad.

The Premier League champions have seen their midfield options drastically reduced in recent weeks, with Ashley Young, Tom Cleverley, Darren Fletcher and Anderson all sidelined, while captain Nemanja Vidic is out for the season with knee ligament damage.

Despite the long injury list, Sir Alex is confident in his current options ahead of the Boxing Day clash with Wigan and told the club's matchday program: "All things being equal I am perfectly happy with the strength of our squad in terms of depth, quality and age range.
"I will not be swayed by the endless tweets and blogs urging the club to get busy in the transfer market next month.

"As far as I am concerned I am marching perfectly in step, true to my beliefs and principles. While recruiting some of the world's leading players can lift you into contention for honours, it doesn't necessarily take you all the way, as I hope we will be able to demonstrate before the end of the season as other factors come into play.

"You can never say never in football, of course, because fortunes can fluctuate wildly - that's the football world. If a really top-class player became available, then we would go for him, or if we picked up any further serious injuries, it might be important to add to our squad."

The Old Trafford outfit currently lies two points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City and is five points better off this season having played 17 games than it was 12 months ago.

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