By Noel Whelan

20th Sep, 2022 | 9:57am

Pundit on Man United agreeing January signing as Erik ten Hag plan revealed

Noel Whelan has claimed Man United will only make signings in January if new faces can “make the difference” in their bid to return to the Champions League.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Red Devils would be “paying over the odds” for players in a “very difficult window”.

According to The Athletic‘s Laurie Whitwell (19 September), manager Erik ten Hag will use the international break to assess his squad and “plan possible additions” in the winter window.

The report claims the Man United board are unwilling to sanction a bumper transfer outlay in January after “overspending” during the summer – while Ten Hag is keen to do more business.

The Old Trafford club spent a reported £216.3million during the main window – with the likes of Antony, Casemiro, and Lisandro Martinez all arriving.

Man United sit fifth in the Premier League after winning their last four games.

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Whelan claimed “money will be available” to Ten Hag – but suggested any signings will hinge on the availability of key stars.

He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “It’s not a good window, especially with the World Cup taking place just before.

“There’ll be players standing out and clubs taking notice.

“It’s a very difficult window to do business in. You’re paying over the odds for players, and most teams are fighting for something – so they’ll need those players.

“I’m expecting Man United to be around the Champions League spots, and there will probably be money available for Ten Hag.

“But really it will come down to injuries.

“They have to make sure that any transfers they make are money well spent and can make the difference to them finishing in the top four.”

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