Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up
NBCSports Header Logo

Hard to believe report: Louis van Gaal unlikely to add in January transfer window

Manchester United host the 'United for Unicef' Dinner

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 04: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Manager Louis van Gaal of Manchester United speaks during the club’s annual United for Unicef charity dinner at Old Trafford on November 4, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

Man Utd via Getty Images

File this under “Improbable": The Guardian is reporting that Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is unlikely to sign anyone in the January transfer window.

This fine print says, “unless a key target becomes available,” and those players are more readily available when a club like Manchester United is seemingly willing to take on any transfer fee and wage.

The report zeroes in on AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman, who has been out of action since a Spring injury cost the Netherlands international a World Cup appearance under van Gaal. It says Manchester United executives believe he won’t be available until the summer.

[ CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Mourinho reacts to tie | Pellegrini to loss ]

But could van Gaal really be willing to roll with what he’s got at defense into May, especially with the fierce competition for European spots and realistic shot at making a run via Cup competition? Could developing Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair really be the reward he’s hoping to reap?

From The Guardian:

As reported in the Guardian in September, the club have made a sizeable war chest available to Van Gaal should he wish to move in January – but the 63-year-old is encouraged by the progress of the squad as it stands, so any recruitment after Christmas is now being viewed as unlikely.

So no Ron Vlaar? Nothing? Or is this just sly talk?

I would be shocked, even given this story, if Manchester United doesn’t bring in a minimum of one defender in January, whether it’s their most beloved target or not.

Follow @nicholasmendola