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Manchester United planning a quiet January transfer window despite missing out on Jadon Sancho

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he is not planning for the club to be busy in the January transfer market with incomings or outgoings.

The club brought in the likes of Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles, Donny van de Beek in the summer and spent a total sum of £84.6million despite the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Old Trafford outfit nevertheless missed out on number one target Jadon Sancho after refusing to meet Borussia Dortmund‘s £108m valuation.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he does not expect Man United to be busy in the January market

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he does not expect Man United to be busy in the January market

Defender Telles was signed on deadline day from Porto

Donny van de Beek was a £40m arrival from Ajax

United spent more than £80m in the summer on the likes of Alex Telles and Donny van de Beek

Amad Diallo, 18, will also come into their squad in 2021 as long as United manage to secure a work permit for the Atalanta winger, but the Norwegian boss appeared to suggest the club will not be looking for further signings due to the size of his current squad.

‘It’s hard to predict what the financial situation is, if teams need to sell or if they have got money to buy,’ Solskjaer said. ‘I don’t predict a lot of ins and outs, to be fair.

‘The world, financially, and football world has changed as well, it depends the injury situations are at teams. I feel very happy with my squad, we’re getting stronger. 

‘I still have issues every week when we only have an 18-man squad: who do I leave out? I feel we’re in a good position.’ 

But the club missed out on Jadon Sancho after refusing to meet Borussia Dortmund's valuation

But the club missed out on Jadon Sancho after refusing to meet Borussia Dortmund’s valuation

And Solskjaer admits Ed Woodward is unlikely to be busy given the current size of the squad

And Solskjaer admits Ed Woodward is unlikely to be busy given the current size of the squad

Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and the club will be keen to avoid the mistakes of previous windows which brought a great deal of tension to the club at the beginning of the season amid fan unrest.

Reports last week suggested the club are lining up Everton’s Marcel Brands to be their first director of football following their struggles in recent periods of transfer activity, with the Dutchman’s contract at Goodison Park expiring next year.

Brands revamped the club’s recruitment policy after a number of questionable moves in the transfer market by signing the likes of James Rodriguez for the Toffees in the summer.

Woodward and transfer negotiator Matt Judge have largely overseen United’s transfer strategy in recent years but there has been talk of appointing a director of football for some time.

Amad Diallo, 18, will however join in 2021 as long as United manage to secure a work permit

Amad Diallo, 18, will however join in 2021 as long as United manage to secure a work permit 

Former United stars Rio Ferdinand and Edwin van der Sar have been mentioned in relation to the new director of football role.

Former Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Antero Henrique and ex-Leicester and Everton head of recruitment Steve Walsh have also been linked with a prospective United director of football job.

Angel Di Maria, Alexis Sanchez, Morgan Schneiderlin and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are just three of the players signed at great expense only to flop at Old Trafford.

Reports suggest United are lining up Marcel Brands to take over as director of football

Reports suggest United are lining up Marcel Brands to take over as director of football

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