United ready to wing it before transfer deadline

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BRIAN McDERMOTT is to intensify his search for some wing recruits following this week’s signing of central defender Scott Wootton.

The United manager, whose side visit Portman Road today, admits he is sleeping a little easier after bringing in former Manchester United player Wootton, with the 21-year-old providing invaluable cover across the backline.

Having addressed that particular area, a winger – or two – is next on the agenda with width, or the lack of it, a pressing area of concern not just at the forefront of supporters’ minds, but also the manager’s.

On potential fresh transfer activity before the deadline, McDermott said: “I think we will see it in the next 10 days. You wouldn’t write off doing anything else, but obviously we have a lack of a winger or two. That would be something we’d look at.

“You try to wheel and deal and come up with the best squad you can. It is something I have done before and I will enjoy doing it again.

“I was a little bit nervous as far as our back four was concerned so to get the Wootton deal done was a relief.

“You have to remember that he can play right-back, centre midfield and centre-half. That’s a real plus. He can fill in in those areas.”

McDermott envisages a tough test in Suffolk today at a ground where boyhood Leeds fan Mick McCarthy’s side have won six of their last seven league matches and enjoyed a renaissance in 2013.

The ground has also been something of a bogey venue in recent years for Leeds, beaten on their last four visits there and without a win in their last six outings at Portman Road.

McDermott added: “You know you are going to be against a team who are up for the game. They play in Mick’s likeness – they are wholehearted, strong and they have got pace out wide, so we know what we are coming up against.

“Ipswich is a great ground to play at and I like going there and I like Mick as a guy.

“He’s a top manager and he was really unfortunate when he lost his job at Wolves. That has proven to be the case. He’s one of the best managers Wolves have had.”