Manchester United’s former coach Mike Phelan, who was heavily involved with the later days of Alex Ferguson’s regime in charge of the club, has said that Louis van Gaal’s current short term spending spree risks seeing the Old Trafford side throw away its history, as reported by the Daily Star.
Phelan was proud of the club’s famed production of young players and bringing them through to the first team, and saw the club do this regularly during his time as Ferguson’s assistant between 2008 and 2013.
There is an association in the media of Man Utd producing young players, with the side containing the likes of David Beckham, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt the most famous of them all.
Phelan worries now that this could fall entirely by the wayside as a result of Van Gaal’s big spend this summer.
Phelan said: “The Welbeck thing is just something that came at a certain time in the club’s history and so people are saying the club has forgotten about its history.
“We’ve got a manager who is a proven winner, but it is a short-term thing for him.
“He has signed a three-year deal and is going to be here for that length of time.
“The club’s priority now is to win things so, unfortunately, other things take a step back, but there are people working all the hours God sends to bring kids through.”
The departure of Danny Welbeck to Arsenal for £16 million is a key example of the club abandoning a home grown talent this window.