The Old Trafford outfit are blighted with injuries to key players ahead of the trip of West Ham, prompting manager Louis van Gaal to indicate that he will loosen the purse strings and sign new players for Manchester United in January window.

United have been spending a lot of money since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson in order to beef up the squad. The second season in charge of Louis van Gaal, however, saw the record English champions net spend remaining bare minimum, facilitated by the sale of Angel Di Maria.

With the squad struggling for goals and also blighted by long-term injuries to Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, and Antonio Valencia alongside short term absentees in Ander Herrera and Phil Jones, van Gaal has said that he is already looking for options in order to shop in the January window.

Manchester United look forward to solve injury crisis with January spree

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Speaking ahead of the West Ham tie, van Gaal was quoted saying by Manunited.com:

a The problem is that our injuries are always contact injuries and you cannot afford that because football is a sport of direct resistance.

a Shaw is direct injured, Rojo and Wayne also. We have a lot of long-lasting contact injuries, which is our problem.

a We are looking, but as you know it is not so easy to buy players and in January it is more difficult. We are looking but it is not for sure.a

The Old Trafford outfit have been linked with a host of players of late, including the likes of Edison Cavani to solve their current goalscoring crisis. However, the injury list seems to be filled with defensive players.

Undoubtedly, van Gaal will have funds at his disposal and will need to bring in, more or less, players in central areas of both, attack and defence.