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Van Gaal makes no promises of January window signings

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Van Gaal has transfer plans for the January window
Van Gaal has transfer plans for the January window

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has admitted it will be difficult for him to sign the players he wants in the January transfer window.

Goalkeeper Victor Valdes was the only major signing completed by Van Gaal and United in last year's January transfer window, after they failed with bids for a host of targets.

The club's supporters are hoping Van Gaal and his transfer chief Ed Woodward have more success in the upcoming window, but Van Gaal accepts it will be a challenge to sign players mid-way through the season.

Injuries to a host of star names including Wayne Rooney and Marcos Rojo may hasten the urgency for United to sign fresh talent in January, but Van Gaal is doing his best to dampen down expectations.

“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," he stated, before suggesting he is giving his players more days off in a bid to ease their workload.

“The week after next we have two weeks that we can have more recovery. I have already given the players two days off this week," he revealed.

"I am giving them a lot of rest because I think it is necessary now, nevertheless we have six injuries most of which are contact injuries."

 Van Gaal has confirmed that Rooney will miss Saturday's game against West Ham and the pivotal Champions League clash with Wolfsburg next Tuesday.

Rojo is out with after he dislocated his shoulder in training on Wednesday, while Phil Jones and Ander Herrera will also miss the West Ham game.