Louis van Gaal
Louis van Gaal admits that he will talk to the United CEO about his January transfer plans.Getty Images

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has admitted he will discuss his transfer plans with the club's CEO following the 0-0 draw against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday 28 December.

The Dutchman is keeping his cards close to his chest as he categorically stated "No" when asked for his plans after the game.

The Old Trafford club has been linked to various players in recent months, with Kevin Strootman of AS Roma, Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels and Real Madrid's Gareth Bale the most frequently mentioned names.

The Red Devils have had a wretched season on the injury front so far and the defence has looked shaky at times, fuelling rumours regarding reinforcements arriving in January.

"No. I discuss that with my CEO. I don't tell you, sorry," Van Gaal said, as quoted by Goal.

The United manager was frustrated with the result at White Hart Lane but admitted that if a team does not take the chances they create, there is no chance of bagging three points.

He also criticised having to play three fixtures in seven days, as his team took to the field for a lunchtime kick-off 48 hours after their previous match.

"[It was an] ugly match but in the first half we played very well - but if you can't score goals you cannot win," the Dutch manager explained.

"I've said already before the matches that it's the culture of England. I think the human body cannot recover in 48 hours so good and you could see in the second half that it was a struggle."

"Yes, we gave three chances away but we could have scored as well; Mata free from 16m, Van Persie could score, also Falcao."

Van Gaal credited the first-half performances but believes United have to start converting their attacks into goals if they want to win games.

He said: "But the first half was a fantastic half of ours. And you have to finish the attacks... we were not so effective today."