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Manchester United have been issued a hands off warning by Tottenham Hotspur over the transfer of full back Danny Rose after their Red Devils identified him as the ideal candidate to fill the void left by Luke Shaw at left-back. The latter is ruled out for the rest of the season due to a double fracture and the Old Trafford club are keen to bring in a stop-gap replacement during the ongoing January transfer window.
According to the Mirror, the 20-time English champions have had the England international watched at least four times this season and feel that he is the perfect cover at left-back for the remainder of the season. The White Hart Lane outfit, however, are not willing to oblige United, and have reportedly made it clear that he is not for sale.
Rose has struggled for regular game time this season with Mauricio Pochettino preferring former Swansea City fullback Ben Davies and this has given encouragement to United that they could land the former England U21 international this month. The 25-year-old defender has made 12 appearances in the Premier League thus far, but has started just three in the last seven games.
Louis van Gaal is desperate to sign a full back during the winter transfer window following injuries to his first choice and second choice options at right-back and left-back. Shaw is ruled out for the entire campaign, while Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian are also out injured, leaving the manager to turn to the youth team stars to provide cover in the full back positions.
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Guillermo Varela have been drafted in for recent games, but the manager is aware that with the schedule set to get busier in the months ahead, he will need more experienced players, if they are to have a chance to challenge the clubs in the top four of the Premier League.