Why Manchester United Didn't Try And Sign Anyone In January
A lack of market value was the reason for Manchester United's inactivity in the January transfer window according to Gary Neville.
The former United and England defender turned Sky Sports pundit said that if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had wanted to make some serious moves he could have done but added that there was a lack of quality options.
Some argued that the United interim manager wasn't being trusted with the Old Trafford kitty because of uncertainty about his long-term future at the club. But Neville told Sky Sports: "The problem is, they can’t get the players available. They cannot get them. Honestly, it’s a real issue.
"Clubs are not letting go for normal prices, and clubs are now thinking: Do I go and pay over the odds in January? Am I going to get the player I want?
"Would Manchester United have brought in Raphael Varane, or Harry Maguire for example, if they believed they were available for decent prices in this transfer window? One hundred per cent they would.
"But they’re not there, they can’t get them! They would have tried, asked the question, made the noises underneath with the agents and the scouting departments, but they’re just not there."
Solskjaer has yet to taste defeat as United manager since replacing the sacked Jose Mourinho in December. If he continues
"It’s a real problem, the market is stuck in some ways.
"Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United would have bought a couple of centre-halves if he could have got them, and Arsenal would have done the same.
"All the top teams would have bought in positions they need. But they can’t get them."