Borussia Monchengladbach duo Patrick Herrmann and Max Kruse have dismissed links with Manchester United.
The pair had been linked with United as manager David Moyes assesses ways to add to his squad during the January transfer window.
It, of course, is an honour for me to be linked to such a club. But a winter transfer is absolutely no issue for me. I feel fine here at Borussia, we are playing an outstanding season.
If United are planning a double move for the players, this news will come as a disappointment to them, but ultimately, they are not capable of turning the Red Devils' season around.
If United are to climb the Premier League table and challenge for a place in the top four, they must focus on adding experienced talent, such as Juan Mata, who has been linked with a move to Old Trafford, per Jamie Jackson and Dominic Fifield in The Guardian.
Kruse, a 25-year-old striker, has only spent half a season at Monchengladbach after helping the unfancied Freiburg to achieve European football last campaign.
He is capable of creating chances, as shown in the tweet below by ESPN FC's Dale Johnson:
Most chances created this season (top 5 Euro leagues): Mesut Ozil 55, Max Kruse (Gladbach) 50, James Rodriguez (Monaco) 49 #afc— Dale Johnson (@dalejohnsonESPN) December 31, 2013
However, United are already well stocked in that department and would be better off strengthening other areas of the team, such as defence and midfield.
Herrmann, meanwhile, is a 22-year-old midfielder, and despite making over 100 appearances for Monchengladbach, he doesn't have the requisite experience needed to guide United up the table.
The youngster should be looked at as a long-term purchase rather than one that can be called in during a midseason crisis.
United are in need of a quick fix in their current predicament, and they would be better suited to monitoring Kruse and Herrmann with an eye to a future move rather than an immediate one.