Jose Mourinho is holding firm on his pledge not to sign any players for Manchester United in the January transfer window.
The Portuguese manager has already said he is willing to back Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones to man the defence in the absense of Eric Bailly, who is away on international duty with Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations.
Despite that, United continue to be linked with a number of players this January, in particular Benfica and Sweden defender Victor Lindelof, but Mourinho again moved to quash those rumours after overseeing United’s 2-0 EFL Cup semi final first-leg triumph over Hull, telling reporters that it would be a quiet January on the transfer front.
‘I think that in this winter market we will only sell and not buy — it is my feeling,’ Mourinho said.
‘Let’s build pounds to attack the market next summer as we did this. We hired four players from the first level and we knew they could help.’
Mourinho’s comments suggest that United could be set to splash the cash once again in the off-season, having spent big money to bring in the high-flying quartet of Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba before this season.
While Mourinho is not expecting any players to sign, there will almost certainly be departures from Old Trafford, with midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin set to be the first to go after United accepted a bit of £22million, which could rise to £24m with add-ons, on Tuesday.