After recent comments about the club not being interested in short term solutions in this transfer window, expectations are not high about major signings amongst Manchester United fans.
Indeed, Manchester United have tended not to spend large sums in the winter window as top targets are less likely to want a move and players can struggle to adapt when arriving half way through a season.
But one big factor, which could change things this year, is Manchester United’s lack of European commitment. The fact that they aren’t in The Champions League means that they don’t have to worry about players being cup-tied for the second half of the season. There is also a feeling that some of those perceived top targets may actually be gettable in January.
Kevin Strootman is a good example. With Manchester United seemingly very keen and his current team, Roma, crashing out of Europe’s elite club competition a deal could be on.
The Manchester Evening news reports that a figure has been mooted for Manchester United’s January transfer kitty.
Manchester United ‘could spend over £30m’ in January transfer window
Louis van Gaal could reunite with compatriots Kevin Strootman and Ron Vlaar if Reds decide to strengthen squad.
We think that Strootman most definitely fits into the category of long term solutions. He’s coming into his prime and if he can recover full fitness he looks like a match-winner for Manchester United.
As for Vlaar we aren’t sure whether he could noticeably improve the Manchester United team. And, at 29, would he be a long term solution? With Manchester United’s injury list finally abating LvG may well use the likes of Evnas, Rojo, Smalling and Jones until he can buy a real winner like Mats Hummels in the summer.
Let’s see Vlaar in a action. Manchester United fans: worth a punt?