Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is reportedly unwilling to sign Benfica's Victor Lindelof and AS Monaco's Tiemoue Bakayoko in January.
According to the Sunday Times, manager Jose Mourinho has pleaded with the United board to bring in at least one player in the final two days of the transfer window.
But Woodward believes Lindelof and Bakayoko can be signed in the summer for cheaper fees.
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says Ashley Young is likely to leave on Old Trafford even though he wants to keep him.
He said: "The only player that I am aware of a possibility to leave, and I am waiting for January 31 to know what is going on, is Ashley Young, a player I would love to keep.
"I am not happy if he leaves, but he is the only player that I am informed has a possibility of leaving. That is why he didn't play and I gave chances to other people, because I don't know if he is going to stay. If I could choose, definitely yes he would stay with us."
Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho also confirmed Bastian Schweinsteiger will be remaining at the club despite interest from abroad.
He said:"Yes, he is staying.
"He is going to (be included on) the Europa League list because we opened spaces with (Memphis) Depay and (Morgan) Schneiderlin (leaving) and we don't have many players, and we don't have many options in midfield."