Man United transfers: Van Gaal could struggle to attract signings, says ex-defender

Danny Higginbotham discusses the impact of Man United's Champions League exit ahead of January transfer window

Danny Higginbotham believes Manchester United could struggle to sign players in the January transfer window after their Champions League exit.

The Red Devils crashed out of Europe’s top-tier competition after a dramatic 3-2 loss to Bundesliga side Wolfsburg in Germany on Tuesday night.

I think there’s a real knock-on effect from what should have been quite a straightforward group to get out of

Danny Higginbotham

United are facing an injury crisis in defence after Chris Smalling and Matteo Darmain joined Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Phil Jones and Antonio Valencia on the sidelines.

Former United defender Higginbotham reckons Van Gaal could struggle to attract new players to the squad in the absence of Champions League football at Old Trafford in the second half of the season.

Higginbotham told Sky Sports: “It’s very damaging. I think it’s going to have a huge domino effect.

“If you look at the Premier League, everyone talks about how it affects it when you play on the Thursday and the Sunday but for me, you look at the January transfer window.

“It’s going to be a very important time for a lot of clubs and if United were looking to sign players, I think it was going to be a lot easier if they were in the Champions League than the Europa League.

“Now other teams are going to come into contention as well so I think there’s a real knock-on effect from what should have been quite a straightforward group to get out of.”

The United manager has been linked with a £50m move for Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane in January.

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The Red Devils are also reportedly monitoring Everton striker Romelu Lukaku after the striker scored his 11th goal in a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace on Monday.

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