Fergie rules out new recruits

United boss will not be buying his way out of an injury crisis

Ferguson: Depleted defence

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Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has reiterated that he has no plans to strengthen his depleted defence in January.

United have been left short in that area over recent weeks, with a crippling injury crisis doing them no favours.

They have welcomed back senior stars such as Gary Neville, Wes Brown and Rafael da Silva of late, but are still without the services of first-choice centre-halves Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.

Serbian star Vidic was due to feature against Leeds United in the FA Cup on Sunday, but was withdrawn from Ferguson's plans at the last minute after reporting a problem during the warm-up.

It remains unclear how long he will be sidelined for, but the news has come as another unwelcome distraction for the Red Devils.

The ongoing problems have led to calls for Ferguson to dip into the transfer market this month in an effort to boost his options.

However, the experienced Scot is ready to snub those calls and keep faith with those already on his books.

Solution

"We have paid a price for the absence of so many of our experienced back four players," admits Ferguson in his latest column for United Review, the Red Devils' official matchday programme.

"Inevitably people look to this month's transfer window as a solution to our injury worries but it's not the answer.

"If someone could give me the name of a really good centre-half who would accept a three-month contract then I would jump at the chance, but where do you find a player like that?

"A decent player would be looking for a three-year contract and I don't need that kind of addition. It's already difficult enough leaving good players out of the team without adding another to the mix.

"We will continue to scout and recruit young players to develop but I won't be looking for a senior player to ease our defensive crisis."

Asked about the fitness of Vidic, Ferguson said in The Sun: "I couldn't tell you what the situation is. I've no idea at all."