Former Manchester United defender Wes Brown has admitted that he has given up hope of the club pursuing several targets as part of an exciting January spending spree.
The Red Devils and boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are under increasing pressure after a 2-2 draw with Aston Villa at the weekend confirmed their worst start to a league campaign in 31 years.
Many have called on the club to spend in January to secure several targets – with the likes of Jadon Sancho and Erling Braut Haaland linked with a move to Old Trafford – although executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has admitted that such big financial investments will be “extremely difficult”.
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Brown outlined how his hopes for the upcoming transfer window may not be realised.
“It would be nice to sign everyone in January,” the 40-year-old said. “But like he said you have to sign the right people.
“You can’t sign someone because they’re free or have six months left and I don’t think Ole will do that.
“I think he will wait and stick to his plan. I would have two more in every position. I always go back to the 1999 season, that was my first season, four unbelievable strikers.
“So I would like two more strikers and two more midfielders, I would be more than happy with that. But, I know it’s not going to happen.”
The pressure on Solskjaer’s job comes ahead of a tough week in which his side face Tottenham at Old Trafford on Wednesday before playing derby rivals Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
According to Sky Sports News, the club have been dealt an injury blow ahead of the clash with Spurs, with forward Anthony Martial ruled out.
It is claimed that the Frenchman – who went straight down the tunnel after being substituted against Villa on Sunday – is struggling to overcome a muscle issue.
What’s more, Solskjaer is now considering switching to a formation with three at the back, a system he used against both Sheffield United and Liverpool.