Van Gaal: Man Utd don’t need to buy more defenders

by Richard Laverty

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal claims he does not need to buy new defenders in January despite an on-going injury crisis at Old Trafford.

It was a case of one step forward, one step back against Southampton as Jonny Evans returned to action after three months out but only to replace Chris Smalling who suffered a suspected muscle tear.

Every single United first team defender has fallen foul to injury at some point this season with Smalling, Rafael, Luke Shaw and Phil Jones currently missing from action.

The likes of Patrick McNair, Tyler Blackett and even Michael Carrick and Ashley Young have to had to fill in temporarily but van Gaal claims he has ‘more than enough’ ahead of the January transfer window.

“When you have injuries you cannot solve the problem otherwise,” said Van Gaal.

“Do we have to buy players? No. We have more than enough.”

The most recent quotes may be a disappointment to supporters expecting more big money arrivals but Van Gaal and Ed Woodward have both said previously there will be no short term purchases in January.

Despite the crisis, Van Gaal does have a point that United’s defence isn’t particularly thin on the ground when everybody’s fit but the prospect of that happening looks bleak given the amount of injury prone players in the squad’s defence.

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