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Back in August, during the summer window, SAF said the following to the Manchester Evening News:
"You can forget anyone you like. I am happy with the young players I have got."
So will Fergie continue the same mentality into the January window? Well, for a start, we all know that Sir Alex doesn't favour signing players in January because he doesn't believe they make the same impact which they would in the summer, which, admittedly in most cases, is right.
However, this year, there is a difference. Ferguson has taken some big knocks to his squad over the last six weeks, including the losses of Darren Fletcher, Ashley Young and Tom Cleverley from his midfield.
Will this cause SAF to panic buy in January? It's pretty unlikely, as we know Sir Alex to be a fairly cool character when it comes to making transfers, and he won't be pressured into buying big players like Sneijder.
Sir Alex even says it himself. Speaking to manutd.com, he said:
I don't think I'll change my tactic on that [buying in January] because, if there's a player who I have been interested in, and he was available in January, we would try and do business, but there's no such player really on the horizon that way, unless we can identify someone we've been monitoring a lot because we don't buy just on a whim at this club.
So there you have it. Sir Alex won't be signing any new players in January, including Sneijder. Or is this just another Sir Alex mind game?