The Times reported this week that Manchester United are unlikely to make any signings in January.

The club’s board aim to make big additions in the summer, once bigger decisions are made.

United will decide on a permanent manager in May. They must also decide whether to hire a director of football.

Signing players in January is never easy, but this is a balancing act by all concerned.

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One or two players in now could sway the difference between finishing in the top four.

This could in turn help attract better players in the summer, to go along with the reward of Champions League football next season.

What nobody wants is for any panic buys to be made, and needless excess being added to an already inflated wage bill.

United are temporarily at least, back on track in the chase for the top four after a resurgence under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Yet the manager’s interim status is clearly a big reason why the board hedge their bets and hold fire in the transfer market.

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United In Focus readers react

We asked on Twitter if United are making a mistake by deciding provisionally not to spend.

This is probably a good time to ask, before a result against Tottenham at the weekend sways opinion strongly one way or another.

Here is a look at the cross section of responses…