Sir Alex Ferguson
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. REUTERS

Manchester United have continually insisted that they are not looking to sign any targets in the January transfer window, but former Red Devil Lou Macari has other ideas, believing that Sir Alex Ferguson will be planning on signing at least 'one or two players' before the month ends.

United's injury list is building up to some seriously high proportions, with 10 first team players currently out of action. Though a group are returning throughout the month, including Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, Chris Smalling and Fabio da Silva, the midfield and defence are seriously lacking without the likes of Darren Fletcher and Nemanja Vidic making returns any time soon.

And Macari, who made over 300 appearances for United between 1973 and 1984, believes that though the club have the experience to see through tough times, competition from cross town rivals Manchester City will mean they will have to buy to keep the fight alive for top spot in the table.

"City are a good team and anyone who thinks they're not is wrong. That's why they are top and why it will be tough for United to overhaul them," Macari told Talksport.

"It's going to be difficult. It was a bad result on Saturday [against Blackburn] and it was probably the worst I've ever seen them play.

"People are saying United will win the league because they've got the experience. But that experience counts for nothing if you've not got your full squad available."

Ferguson has attempted to hide United's injury woes by fielding players out of position, but Macari believes the only option to show that the Red Devils are the deserved leaders in England is to bring in new blood.

"If you're playing players out of position you won't overhaul Man City to win the title, so the priority is to get everyone back fit," he explained.

"The injury list is so bad he'll certainly be looking for one or two players. I don't know if he'll get them, but I don't see that there are two or three young players [at the club] ready to go in and play week in, week out."

Ferguson has maintained throughout the last few months that United aren't planning on making any moves in the transfer window, with the targets that the club are chasing currently unavailable.

But that hasn't stopped the transfer rumours from piling up on the side, with the likes of Mario Gotze, Nicolas Gaitan, and even Wesley Sneijder and Luka Modric still being connected to moves to Old Trafford.