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Fergie dampens transfer talk

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has ruled out making any significant purchases during next month's transfer window.

Whilst United tend to stay out of the mid-winter scramble for new players, it is not entirely unknown for Ferguson to bolster his squad.

Henrik Larsson is one player who springs to mind, whilst Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra both arrived in January.

However, despite fresh rumours linking the Red Devils with Everton full-back Leighton Baines, Ferguson has dampened expectations of a big-money arrival at Old Trafford.

"Don't hold your breath waiting for Manchester United to jump through the transfer window when it opens next week," Ferguson told United Review.

"If you believed everything you read we would have the biggest squad in Europe, not to mention becoming bankrupt.

"It's been open season to link us with a stack of players, admittedly some very good ones, but it just isn't going to happen.

"You can never say never in football because you don't know who might become available, but speaking generally, I am not looking to do any serious business in January.

"I don't have to because I am more than satisfied with the players I have in my squad, a group as good as I have had in my time at Old Trafford."