Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has risked raising the tension levels at the club by conceding that it is unlikely that the club will sign any players this month.
The Dutchman was speaking after watching his side struggle to a 1-0 win over Sheffield United in the FA Cup at Old Trafford on Saturday night, and was in no mood to discuss possible transfer targets with the January window open for business.
With Lazio insisting that the Red Devils have not made an improved offer for Felipe Anderson since the summer, Van Gaal refused to be drawn on speculation surrounding the Brazilian’s future.
“I cannot discuss that with you. I don’t think we shall do business in January,” he said, as reported by Sky Sports.
“But you cannot say that because when there is a chance to make the selection better, we shall do it, but I don’t think we shall do that. But that is this moment.”
In contrast, Anderson refused to commit his future to the Biancocelesti after helping them to a 3-1 upset win over title-chasing Fiorentina at the Stadio Artemio Franchi on Saturday.
While coach Stefano Pioli left the talented star on the bench, he came on in the closing stages and produced a cool finish to secure all three points for the visitors. However, he will have potentially disappointed his employers with his post-match comments.
“I don’t know, I’m focused on my job and on doing well here because it’s not the best of times for me right now,” said the Brazilian, as noted by Sky Sports. I don’t know what will happen.”