Sir Alex Ferguson says Manchester United will not sign any more players this transfer window

 

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says the club's shopping for the current transfer window has been concluded with the purchase of defender Alexander Buttner.

Full-back Alexander Buttner's move to United from Vitesse Arnhem was confirmed earlier this week, the Dutchman becoming the fourth new arrival of the summer at Old Trafford following the signings of midfielders Nick Powell and Shinji Kagawa and centre-forward Robin van Persie.

United also announced this week that teenage striker Henriquez is to join them from Universidad de Chile having been granted a work permit.

Buttner was officially unveiled at a press conference this morning, where Ferguson was also previewing the Red Devils' Barclays Premier League home clash with Fulham tomorrow, and the Scot revealed United would not be splashing any more cash before next week's transfer deadline.

"We definitely won't be buying anyone else, that is for sure," Ferguson said.

The likes of striker Dimitar Berbatov and winger Nani have been linked with moves away from Old Trafford and asked if there would be any likely departures, Ferguson said: "There is no movement I can tell you about, to be honest with you.

"There is only a few days left now until the deadline and that will pass quite quickly I would imagine."

United got their 2012-13 Barclays Premier League campaign off to a losing start with a 1-0 defeat at Everton on Monday night, a game in which Ferguson - unable to call upon Phil Jones (back), Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling (both foot) and Rio Ferdinand (leg) - was forced to field a make-shift defence.

The manager confirmed this morning that none of that quartet would be fit for the Fulham match, joking: "I've recalled Steve Bruce and Gary Pallister!

"No, it is the same as Monday night unfortunately. Phil Jones started training yesterday, but it is too early for him."

Ferguson said Buttner would be involved tomorrow, although most likely starting on the bench.

The 23-year-old has been brought in to provide back-up to left-back Patrice Evra, who Ferguson admitted could be a option in central defence.

"Patrice Evra could actually play at centre-back, he has done in the past. But it (Buttner's arrival) gives us a stronger squad, that is the most important thing," he added.

Van Persie made his United debut as a substitute in the Everton game and Ferguson hinted the Holland international - recruited from Arsenal for a reported £24million - could be promoted to the first XI tomorrow.

"He has had a few days' training since Monday," Ferguson said.

"In an ideal world, he would be better for two or three games under his belt, and he hasn't got that. But it is a home game and there is every chance he could start."

United got their 2012-13 Barclays Premier League campaign off to a losing start with a 1-0 defeat at Everton on Monday night, a game in which Ferguson - unable to call upon Phil Jones (back), Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling (both foot) and Rio Ferdinand (leg) - was forced to field a make-shift defence.

The manager confirmed this morning that none of that quartet would be fit for the Fulham match, joking: "I've recalled Steve Bruce and Gary Pallister!

"No, it is the same as Monday night unfortunately. Phil Jones started training yesterday, but it is too early for him."

Ferguson said Buttner would be involved tomorrow, although most likely starting on the bench.

The 23-year-old has been brought in to provide back-up to left-back Patrice Evra, who Ferguson admitted could be a option in central defence.

"Patrice Evra could actually play at centre-back, he has done in the past. But it (Buttner's arrival) gives us a stronger squad, that is the most important thing," he added.

Van Persie made his United debut as a substitute in the Everton game and Ferguson hinted the Holland international - recruited from Arsenal for a reported £24million - could be promoted to the first XI tomorrow.

"He has had a few days' training since Monday," Ferguson said.

"In an ideal world, he would be better for two or three games under his belt, and he hasn't got that. But it is a home game and there is every chance he could start."

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